Northrop Grumman's Cygnus capsule, dubbed the S.S. Katherine Johnson, over the mathematician's numbers that contributed to the February 20, 1962, flight in which Glenn became the first American to orbit the world.
The spaceship will one day transport astronauts to a space station that China plans to complete by 2022 — and eventually to the Moon. It will have capacity for a crew of six.
Tiangong 1, China's first space station, is believed to have largely burned up on re-entry to Earth amid fears the space laboratory is out of control and large pieces may fall down in unknown locations.
The two-manned mission is part of a broader plan by China to have a permanent manned space station in service around 2022.
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