Shenzhou 9 Spaceship at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center A Chinese Long March 2F rocket carrying the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft rolls out to the launch pad at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on June 9, 2012. The Shenzhou 9 mission will launch three astronauts on China's first manned space docking flight. China became the third country ever to launch a human into space in 2003 and has been expanding its space program ever since. Get the latest news about China's space program, launches and space missions. JIUQUAN, June 15 (Xinhua) -- China's Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft will be launched at 6:37 p.m. Saturday to send the country's first female astronaut into space, China's manned space program spokeswoman said Friday. Three astronauts, two male and one female, will be onboard the country's fourth manned spacecraft to fulfill the first manned space docking test, said Wu Ping, the program's spokeswoman, at a press conference at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. They are Jing Haipeng, Liu Wang and Liu Yang who is female, the spokeswoman said. The major task is to conduct a manual docking test between the spacecraft and the orbiting space lab module Tiangong-1 for the first time in addition to another automatic docking test, Wu said. Also, it will be the country's first attempt to ship supplies and personnel from Earth to the orbiting module, she said. "We will fully examine whether Tiangong-1 can meet the needs of the astronauts," she said. The mission will further test the functions of spacecraft, carrier rocket and orbiting module as well as the coordination of different systems, she added. Elaborating on the mission's process, Wu said the spacecraft will separate from the carrier rocket 585 seconds after the launch and stay on an oval orbit with a perigee altitude of 200 kilometers and an apogee altitude of 330 kilometers for the automatic docking with the Tiangong-1 lab module. The manual docking will take place several days after the automatic one, she added. After the docking, astronauts will live in Tiangong-1 and carry on experiments, tests and exercises, but dine in the spacecraft, she said. The Tiangong-1 has been lowered to the docking orbit 343 km above Earth and is operating normally, the spokeswoman said. The upgraded Long March-2F carrier rocket is expected to be fueled beginning 5:30 p.m. Friday. "The final full-system drill has been completed. Astronauts are in good state and all preparations are in place," Wu said. The mission is meant to prepare for a space station around 2020 based on the space rendezvous and docking technology that is currently being tested. Several components will be sent into space separately before being assembled into a space station through a variety of docking procedures.