Early Sunday morning, two Chinese astronauts finished work outside their country’s Tiangong space station. The event was the second largest in China’s history. As well as U Guardian remarks, is also the first time its astronauts have completed a tandem extravehicular activity (EVA).
Shenzhou-12 astronaut Boming Liu left the station at 8:11 PM ET on July 3 and was later joined by crew member Hongbo Tang. Meanwhile, Haisheng Nie, the commander of the mission, was in the module of the Tianhe crew “Harmony of the Heavens” to support them.
The two astronauts went to do the work on the robotic arm of the module while wearing the next-generation Feitian EVA suits. All the time they were about 380 kilometers (236 miles) above the Earth’s surface. The components they have installed will help future missions as China seeks to complete its new mission space station sometime in 2022. Liu and Tang met in Tianhe at about 2:57 AM ET, doing the whole walk around seven o’clock.
“The safe return of astronauts Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo to the Tianhe core module marks the complete success of the first spacewalk in the construction of our country’s space stations,” China’s space agency said. he said in a statement.
The last time a Chinese astronaut left his profession was back in 2008 when Zhigang Zhai put China in the history books as the third country ever to complete a journey. Last year, the country was successful he landed his first rover on Mars and he recovered rock and earth samples from the Moon. The country’s space agency plans a second spacewalk before the Shenzhou-12 crew returns to Earth later this year.
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