China's Shenzhou-13 taikonauts exit spacecraft for extravehicular activities

Source: Xinhua| 2021-11-07 22:24:19|Editor: huaxia

Screen image taken at Beijing Aerospace Control Center on Nov. 7, 2021 shows Chinese taikonaut Zhai Zhigang conducting extravehicular activities (EVAs) out of the space station core module Tianhe. (Photo by Guo Zhongzheng/Xinhua)

BEIJING, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- Taikonauts Zhai Zhigang and Wang Yaping have been out of China's space station core module Tianhe by 8:28 p.m. (Beijing Time) Sunday to start extravehicular activities (EVAs), the China Manned Space Agency said.

Zhai opened the hatch of Tianhe's node cabin at 6:51 p.m.

Screen image taken at Beijing Aerospace Control Center on Nov. 7, 2021 shows Chinese taikonaut Wang Yaping conducting extravehicular activities (EVAs) out of the space station core module Tianhe. (Photo by Guo Zhongzheng/Xinhua)

This is the second time Zhai has performed EVAs, having completed China's first spacewalk 13 years ago during the Shenzhou-7 mission. Meanwhile, Wang's EVAs make her the country's first female astronaut to leave footprints in outer space.

Donning China-developed new-generation Feitian spacesuits, the pair will conduct a series of extravehicular tasks with the aid of the mechanical arm, the agency noted.

Ye Guangfu stayed inside to support his crewmates in completing the operations.

Screen image taken at Beijing Aerospace Control Center on Nov. 7, 2021 shows Chinese Taikonaut Ye Guangfu working in the space station core module Tianhe. (Photo by Guo Zhongzheng/Xinhua)

China launched the Shenzhou-13 spaceship on Oct. 16, sending the three astronauts on a six-month mission to construct its space station.

Screen image taken at Beijing Aerospace Control Center on Nov. 7, 2021 shows Chinese taikonaut Zhai Zhigang conducting extravehicular activities (EVAs) out of the space station core module Tianhe. (Photo by Guo Zhongzheng/Xinhua)

Screen image taken at Beijing Aerospace Control Center on Nov. 7, 2021 shows Chinese taikonaut Wang Yaping conducting extravehicular activities (EVAs) out of the space station core module Tianhe. (Photo by Guo Zhongzheng/Xinhua)

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