September 24, 2021

Chinese astronauts take the country’s first spacewalk outside the space station

Hong Kong (CNN) – Chinese astronauts successfully carried out the country’s first spacewalk outside the space station on Sunday, a major milestone in their rapidly expanding space program.
According to the China Manned Space Administration (CMSA), this is the second spacewalk by a Chinese astronaut since the Shenzhou VII manned mission outside the spacecraft in 2008.
China sent three astronauts Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo into space in June. The CMSA said that on Sunday morning, two of them left the central capsule of the space station, called Tiangong or Tiangong.
During the spacewalk, they tested a new generation of spacesuits, installed equipment, improved panoramic cameras, and tested the robotic arms of the space station.
In June, China sent three astronauts Tang Hongbo, Nie Haisheng, and Liu Boming into space for a three-month mission to the Tiangong Space Station.
In June, China sent three astronauts Tang Hongbo, Nie Haisheng, and Liu Boming into space for a three-month mission to the Tiangong Space Station.
The agency added that the astronauts will conduct another spacewalk during the three-month orbital flight, which will be China’s longest manned mission. The country’s scientists successfully landed the exploratory rover on the Moon and Mars in December and May, respectively.
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As part of the plan to build a manned space station by December 2022, China launched its first core module on April 29, named Tianhe or Tianhe. According to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), the total length is 16.6 meters (55 feet) and the living space is 50 cubic meters (1,765 cubic feet).
China has previously operated two orbiting space labs, Tiangong-1 and Tiangong-2, both of which are experiments on larger space stations under construction in China. Due to political opposition from the United States and legislative restrictions, 4,444 Chinese astronauts have been banned from the International Space Station (ISS) for a long time. Russia, a long-term contributor to the International Space Station, has also pulled out of the project and is currently considering launching its own space station before 2030. Zhou Jianping, chief designer of the National Manned Space Program
, said in June that although China currently has no foreign involvement in the development of the space station, non-Chinese astronauts will be “definitely” welcome in the next few years.
“Many countries have expressed their willingness to do this, and we will be open to this in the future,” Zhou said.
Lily Lee reported from Hong Kong and Amy Woodyatt posted from London. Ben Westcott and Yong Xiong contributed to this article.

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