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China Space Station - Shenzhou-13 astronauts complete first spacewalk


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Nov. 8, 2021

Shenzhou-13 astronauts (Taikonauts) first spacewalk

The Shenzhou-13 crew successfully completed the first extravehicular activity planned for the mission. Astronaut Zhai Zhigang opened the hatch of the Tianhe core module on 7 November 2021, at 10:51 UTC (18:51 China Standard Time), starting the third extravehicular activity on China Space Station.

Shenzhou-13 astronauts complete first spacewalk

As of 12:28 UTC (20:28 CST), astronauts Zhai Zhigang (翟志刚) and Wang Yaping (王亚平) exited the Tianhe core module (天和核心舱) for a planned six-hour spacewalk. This is the first EVA for astronaut Wang Yaping and the first time a Chinese female astronaut performs a spacewalk. For astronaut Zhai Zhigang, the first Chinese astronaut to spacewalk on 27 September 2008, it was the second EVA.

Shenzhou-13 astronauts complete first spacewalk

With the support of the robotic arm, the astronauts installed new hardware and tested the performance of the EVA spacesuits. The activities were successfully completed at 17:16 UTC (8 November, at 01:16 CST), astronauts Zhai Zhigang and Wang Yaping returning inside the Tianhe core module, the first and main component of the China Space Station (中国空间站), informally known as Tiangong (天宫, Heavenly Palace).

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