WATCH: Chinese astronauts perform second-ever spacewalk
14:32, 04 July 2021
Two Chinese astronauts have conducted the first spacewalk outside the new China's orbital Tiangong station on Sunday, following the country's second-ever Shenzhou-7 extravehicular activity (EVA) in 2008, China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) said.
Astronauts or taikonauts Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo, wearing the new generation extravehicular mobility unit spacesuits codenamed Feitian, have successfully come outside the cabin of the space station core module Tianhe one after another.
"Astronauts Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo have successfully exited the module from the Tianhe core module, and also completed the installation of foot limiter and extravehicular workbench on the robotic arm. Follow up, with the support of the robotic arm, they will cooperate with each other to carry out the assembly of relevant equipment outside the space station," says the CMSA statement.
"Stunningly beautiful!" - said Chinese taikonaut Liu Boming during the spacewalk.
Their mission involves elevating the panoramic camera outside the Tianhe core module, as well as verifying the robotic arm's transfer capability.
Nie Haisheng, another astronaut in the cabin, supported the two extravehicular astronauts to carry out extravehicular operations.
Three Chinese spacemen blasted off in June, docking at the Tiangong station where they are to remain for three months.
Well, China's 1st EVA/spacewalk of the Chinese space station project could well happen this weekend (& 2nd ever Chinese EVA, following Shenzhou-7 in 2008). That's according to June 23 statement from Sun Jun at BACC that the EVA could take place in 10 days or so. Another big step. pic.twitter.com/vzK5k4jWFK