The national human spaceflight agency said that two astronauts on board China’s Tiangong space station successfully completed a six-hour spacewalk on Friday.
Astronauts Chen Dong and Liu Yang returned to their cabin module in the early hours of Friday, the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) said, declaring the first spacewalk of the six-month Shenzhou-14 mission a “complete success”.
China’s heavily promoted space programme has already seen the nation land a rover on Mars and send probes to the Moon, reports BSS.
State media images showed the pair opening the module’s hatch and using a robotic arm to maneuver equipment with the rotating earth in the background.
“Hello, everyone. I’m out of the module. I’m feeling good,” Chen, a former military pilot, said in a video.
The pair completed a series of tasks including installing external parts to the module and testing its functions, while the remaining astronaut Cai Xuzhe
coordinated from inside the cabin, official news agency Xinhua reported.
China launched the Shenzhou-14 spacecraft on June 5, sending the three
astronauts to complete the construction of Tiangong.