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Shenzhou-13 crew delivers first spacewalk; Wang Yaping becomes first Chinese woman to walk in space
Published on: 2021-11-09
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​By 1:16 am Monday, spacewalking Shenzhou-13 members Zhai Zhigang and Wang Yaping had safely returned to China's Tianhe space station core module. Their spacewalk lasted for about 6.5 hours and the two completed all planned tasks.

Ye Guangfu, the third member of the crew, played an important supporting role in the process.

The CMSA said that their spacewalk, the first of the Shenzhou-13 mission and the third of its kind during the country's space station building period, has further verified the performance of China's home-developed spacesuit, the ability of the astronauts to work with the robotic arm and the reliability and safety of the supporting equipment.

According to the CMSA, the Shenzhou-13 crew will carry out another one or two spacewalks.

As many Chinese celebrate the first snow of the winter season on Earth, the heroes of the Shenzhou-13 crew are setting new national milestones in space, with mission commander and the country's first spacewalker Zhai Zhigang and his fellow female taikonaut Wang Yaping stepping out of the node cabin of the Tianhe space station core module on Sunday evening to carry out the crew's first extravehicular activities (EVA). Wang has officially become the first Chinese woman ever to execute a spacewalk mission.

Wearing the country's new-generation Feitian spacesuits specially designed for the EVA, the two came out of the node cabin of the Tianhe core module by 8:28pm. Wang, shortly after stepping out the cabin, waved back to Earth, and said she felt great, according video by the Beijing Aerospace Flight Control Center that went viral on Chinese social media on Sunday night.

They first installed foot stoppers and a working platform to the robotic arm before they worked together to install a suspension device and transfer connectors to the robotic arm. The CMSA noted that the robotic arm played an important supporting role in the process.

The CMSA highlighted that the Sunday spacewalk is the first in China's history to be carried out jointly by a man and a woman.



11月7日18时51分,航天员翟志刚成功开启天和核心舱节点舱出舱舱门。与13年前的神舟七号出舱时相比,翟志刚这次出舱舱门开得很轻松,交流也更显轻松。截至20时28分,航天员翟志刚 、航天员王亚平身着我国新一代“飞天”舱外航天服,先后从天和核心舱节点舱成功出舱,中国首位出舱航天员翟志刚时隔13年后再次进行出舱活动;王亚平成为中国首位进行出舱活动的女航天员,迈出了中国女性舱外太空行走第一步。

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