Pair of Chinese astronauts perform six-hour spacewalk

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HELSINKI – Two astronauts from Shenzhou-13 embarked on a six-hour extravehicular activity on Sunday to install equipment outside the module of China’s Tianhe space station.

Astronaut Ye Guangfu, dressed in a Fetian EVA suit with yellow markings, opened the hatch of the Tianhe airlock at 5:44 a.m. (EST) on December 26 before leaving the space station module, according to the agency. Chinese space.

Mission Commander Zhai Zhigang, with red markings on his Feitian suit, followed his colleague outside at 6:37 a.m., embarking on his third spacewalk. Wang Yaping, the third member of the Shenzhou-13 crew, assisted from inside Tianhe, operating the module’s large robotic arm.

The duo raised a third panoramic camera outside of Tianhe, carried out further equipment tests, and prepared for future missions. The operations were completed at 11:55 am CMSA declared.

The EVA is the fourth conducted since launch of Tianhe Core Module in April this year. China will conduct tests next year involving the Tianzhou cargo spacecraft currently docked in Tianhe and will launch two new modules designed to accommodate scientific research.

The EVA was Ye’s first spacewalk, after assisting Zhai and Wang Yaping from inside Tianhe during the first Shenzhou-13 EVA. On November 7, Zhai became the first Chinese citizen to perform a spacewalk during the 2008 Shenzhou-7 mission and participated in the November EVA. with Wang.

Chinese state media broadcast part of the EVA, including in English blanket of the CGTN.

Shenzhou-13 spear October 15 and the three crew members are expected to stay on board until March 2022. The mission is the second of the Tianhe module, after June-September Shenzhou-12 Mission.

China’s human spaceflight agency and state media have started providing more regular updates of the Shenzhou-13 mission, indicating greater confidence in realizing the radiation, policy and soft power potential of the space station project. A number of official outlets also have Underline that the Shenzhou-13 spacewalk took place on the anniversary of the birth of the founder of the People’s Republic of China, Mao Zedong.

Authorities previously restricted the posting of videos and images from the Shenzhou-12 mission and the first weeks of Shenzhou-13.

Shenzhou-13 astronauts delivered a live science conference of Tianhe on December 9, offering a tour of Tianhe and demonstrating a number of unique phenomena in microgravity.

The “Tiangong Class” was aimed at school children, especially to stimulate interest in STEM education. A question-and-answer session included questions from children in schools in Beijing, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Sichuan Province in the southwest, and Hong Kong and Macao outside the mainland.

Live English coverage of the event, meanwhile, presents a friendly and benevolent face to China’s space efforts, unlike recent reports of hypersonic vehicle testing. Further Tiangong courses are planned in the future.

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