Early Sunday morning, two Chinese astronauts finished work in front of the Tiangong space station in their country. The event was the second space trip in the history of China. As The Guardian expires, this is also the first time that its astronauts have completed tandem extraveginal activity (EVA).
Astronaut from Shenzhou-12 Boming Liu left the station at 20:11 ET on July 3, and was later joined by crew member Hongbo Tang. Meanwhile, Haisheng Nie, the mission commander, remained within Tianhe’s “Harmony of Heaven” crew module to support them.
Two astronauts came out to work on the module’s robotic arm while wearing next-generation Feitian EVA Chinese suits. They were about 380 kilometers (236 miles) above the Earth’s surface at all times. The components they have installed will help future missions as China wants to complete its new ones space station sometime in 2022. Liu and Tang returned to Tianhe at approximately 2:57 AM ET, making the entire spacewalk around seven o’clock.
“The safe return of astronauts Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo to the Tianhe base module marks the complete success of the first spacewalk in building a space station in our country,” the Chinese manned space agency it is stated in the statement.
The last time a Chinese astronaut left his craft was back in 2008, when Zhigang Zhai listed China in the history books as the third country in the world to end up walking. In the past year, the country successfully landed his first rover ever on Mars i took samples of rock and soil from the moon. The country’s space agency is planning a second spacewalk before the Shenzhou-12 crew returns to Earth later this year.
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