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Pair of Chinese cosmonauts carry out six-hour spacewalk

Pair of Chinese cosmonauts carry out six-hour spacewalk

Two Shenzhou-13 cosmonauts get on a six-hour extravehicular motion on Sunday. This is in order to install equipment outside China’s Tianhe space station module.

Cosmonaut Ye Guangfu wears a Fetian EVA suit with yellow markings. He opens the Tianhe airlock hatch at 5:44 a.m. Eastern time on 26th December. This is prior to the exit of the space station module, as per the China Manned Space Agency.

Mission commander Zhai Zhigang, with red marks on his Feitian suit, follows his colleague at 6:37 a.m., boarding his third spacewalk. Wang Yaping, the third Shenzhou-13 crew member, assists from the interior of Tianhe, operating the module’s large robotic arm.

The pair set up a third panoramic camera outside Tianhe took up further tests of equipment and made arrangements for future missions. Tasks were complete by 11:55 a.m.

The EVA is the fourth show since the launch of the Tianhe core module in April this year. China will next year perform tests including –

  • Tianzhou cargo spacecraft currently docked with Tianhe
  • Launch two new modules designed to host science research

Chinese state media broadcast a section of the EVA, incorporating English language coverage from CGTN.

Shenzhou-13 made launch on 15th October and the three-crew member expect in order to remain on board until March 2022. The objective is the second to the Tianhe module, after the June-September Shenzhou-12 mission.

Authorities earlier put a limit on publishing videos and images from the Shenzhou-12 mission and first weeks of Shenzhou-13.

The Shenzhou-13 cosmonauts gave a live science lecture from Tianhe on 9th December, offering a tour of Tianhe and exhibiting several unique phenomena in microgravity.

The “Tiangong classroom” was aimed at school children, especially to boost interest in STEM education. A question-and-answer session consists of questions from children at schools in –

  • Beijing, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
  • Sichuan Province in the southwest
  • Hong Kong and Macao from outside the mainland

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