First Chinese astronaut spacewalk since 2008

Last month, the three Chinese astronauts Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo from the Shenzhou-12 mission boarded Tianhe, which is the central and control module of the future Chinese space station. In low Earth orbit, it will be operational in 2022 with a total of three modules.

This week-end, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo performed successfully completed a spacewalk lasting just under 7 hours at nearly 380 km above the Earth’s surface. The first worked by being attached to a robotic arm.

The finalization of the installation and the test of this arm were among the stakes of the spacewalk, knowing that it will be used to assemble the equipment outside the space station.

SpaceNews points out that this spacewalk for Chinese astronauts is the first since that of Zhai Zhigang in September 2008 who became the first Chinese to perform a spacewalk. It lasted 22 minutes during the Shenzhou-7 mission.

Shenzhou-12 (first spacewalk); credits: CCTV – CNSA – SciNews

As part of the Shenzhou-12 manned space mission lasting a total of three months, Chinese astronauts will carry out a second spacewalk.

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