Chinese astronauts make first space walk outside new station – News Vibe24

    Chinese astronauts make first space walk outside new station - Times of India
    BEIJING: Two astronauts took the first spacewalk Sunday outside China’s new orbital station to create a 15-meter robotic arm. Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo appeared on state television as he stepped out of the air lock as the Earth rolled over. A third crew member, Commander Nie Haisheng, stayed inside.
    The astronauts arrived on June 17 for a three-month mission to China’s third orbital station, part of an ambitious space program in which a robot landed on Mars in May. Their mission comes as the ruling Communist Party celebrates its 100th anniversary.
    The first episode of the station, Tianhe, or Heavenly Harmony, was released on April 29. An automated spacecraft with food and fuel followed. Liu, Ni and Tang arrived on June 17 with a Shenzhou capsule.
    On Sunday, Liu and Tang completed the installation of a robotic arm that will be used to assemble the rest of the station, according to state media. State television said their uniforms were designed to allow them to work in a vacuum for up to six hours if needed.
    The space agency plans a total of 11 launches by the end of next year to add two more modules to the 70-tonne station.
    Liu is a veteran of the Shenzhou 7 mission in 2008, during which Zhai Zhigang made his first spacewalk in China. Ni is on his third space trip, while Liu is doing his first. They are all military pilots.

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