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

Updated: Nov 07,2021 21:52    Xinhua

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

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

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.

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

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