Chinese astronauts performed the country’s first two-person spacewalk and worked outside the Xintiangong station orbiting the earth for seven hours. The construction of
Tiangong is an important step in China’s ambitious space program. China has previously landed a rover on Mars and sent a probe to the moon.
Last month, three astronauts took off and became the first crew members of the space station. They will stay there for three months to perform China’s longest manned mission to date. The China Manned Space Administration said that on Sunday morning, two of them left the station and worked for about 7 hours on the first spacewalk in Tiangong.
“Astronauts Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo returned safely to the central Tianhe capsule, marking the complete success of the first spacewalk in the construction of my country’s space station,” the agency said.
Its tasks include lifting the panoramic camera out of the central Tianhe module and testing the station’s robotic arm, which will be used to transfer future modules around the station, official media said. The space agency added that the astronauts installed pedals on the robotic arm and carried out other assembly work under its support.
In the video of Liu exiting the booth, he exclaimed, “Wow, this is so beautiful.”
Screen image of an astronaut walking in space
Screen image of an astronaut walking in space. Photo: Xinhua / Rex / Shutterstock News Agency
Liu and Tang opened the hatch and left the module respectively, wearing newly developed suits and reportedly weighing 130 kilograms (20th). They were supported by mission commander Nie Haisheng in the space station. Nie Haisheng was the third air force pilot to perform a space mission.
This is the first of two spacewalks planned for this mission, each of which is expected to last six to seven hours. This is the first time a Chinese astronaut has stepped out of the spacecraft since 2008. That year, Zhai Zhigang made China the third country to complete a spacewalk after the Soviet Union and the United States.
This is China’s first manned mission in the past five years. This month, China is holding a large-scale propaganda event to celebrate the centenary of the ruling Communist Party. This is a very prestigious event. To prepare, the crew received more than 6,000 hours of training.
The China Space Administration plans to conduct 11 launches by the end of next year, including 3 manned missions. They will provide two laboratory modules to expand the space station, as well as supplies and astronauts.
On Sunday, National Television broadcasted the daily life of astronauts in the Tiangong, including installing exercise bikes and exercising on treadmills. One crew member was shown eating with chopsticks; another stood upside down and somersaulted after lunch.
The mission sparked a lot of discussion on the internet, and the spacewalk tag received 200 million hits on Weibo, a Twitter-like platform in China. One user wrote: “The accomplishments of each step have taken me beyond words.” Astronauts on Space Station
Astronauts on Space Station
: (from left) Tang Hongbo, Nie Haisheng, and Liu Boming. Photo: Yue Yuewei / AP
President Xi Jinping once said that the construction of China’s first space station has opened “new horizons” for humanity’s attempts to explore the universe.
China’s ambition to build its own orbital outpost stems in part from the United States’ banning of Chinese astronauts from entering the International Space Station, a collaboration between the United States, Russia, Canada, Europe, and Japan. . International Space Station
will be decommissioned after 2024, although NASA says it may continue to operate after 2028. The useful life of the
Tiangong is expected to be at least 10 years, and China has stated that it will be open to international cooperation on the site.