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China’s Shenzhou 13 crew takes its first spacewalk, the nation’s 1st by a female astronaut


The astronauts of China's Shenzhou 13 mission to the Tiangong space station module Tianhe took their first spacewalk on Nov. 7, 2021. It was crewed by Shenzhou 13 commander Zhai Zhigang and Wang Yaping, China's first female spacewalker.



The astronauts of China’s Shenzhou 13 mission to the Tiangong house put module Tianhe took their first spacewalk on Nov. 7, 2021. It was once crewed by Shenzhou 13 commander Zhai Zhigang and Wang Yaping, China’s first female spacewalker.
(Picture credit: CMSA)

The Shenzhou 13 astronauts aboard the Chinese house put took the predominant spacewalk of their mission Sunday (Nov. 7), marking the nation’s first spacewalk by a female astronaut. 

The three Shenzhou 13 crewmembers— commander Zhai Zhigang, Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu — arrived at the Tianhe house put module hours after delivery on Oct. 15. The China Manned House Agency announced plans for the spacewalk in an announcement (Chinese) on Friday (Nov. 5). On the time, the agency did not provide knowledge on the particular timing or goals of the spacewalk, nor which crewmembers would embark on the extravehicular exercise. 

On Sunday, CMSA announced that the spacewalk was once underway and it was once being performed by astonauts Zhai Zhifang, the Shenzhou 13 mission commander, and Wang Yaping, the nation’s 2d female astronaut to cruise in house. Wang is now China’s first female spacewalker. Their spacewalk was once anticipated to final six hours.

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Wang Yaping grew to turn into China’s 2d girl in house in 2013 aboard the Shenzhou 10 mission. Zhai, in the intervening time, grew to turn into the predominant Chinese astronaut ever to compose a spacewalk for the period of the Shenzhou 7 mission in 2008.

Clues that Wang would compose the spacewalk seemed final week in CCTV interviews by Chinese house officials. 

“The Shenzhou 13 astronauts have done their settling-in settings. And they’ve unpacked the unusual extravehicular suit we correct sent up with the Tianzhou 3 cargo spacecraft and carried out varied tests to have confidence obvious that the house suit is well attach for extravehicular actions,” Wu Hao, an assistant researcher of the China Astronaut Study and Training Heart, told CCTV.

Astronaut Wang Yaping salutes during the crew announcement for Shenzou 13 by the China Manned Space Agency in October 2021.

Astronaut Wang Yaping salutes for the period of the crew announcement for Shenzou 13 by the China Manned House Agency in October 2021. (Picture credit: CMSE)

Two suits were sent aboard Tianzhou 2 to toughen Shenzhou 12 spacewalks, however the further suit suggested it would possibly maybe most likely maybe well also be one particularly for Wang.

Two to some extravehicular actions are deliberate for the six-month-lengthy Shenzhou 13 mission, in step with a pre-delivery press conference at the Jiuquan Satellite tv for pc Commence Heart. Predominant goals were talked about to incorporate inserting in an adaptor to permit Tianhe’s colossal arm to glue to 1 other, smaller arm that will be on a future module.

The Shenzhou 13 crew had been for the period of their three weeks in orbit. The mission is deliberate to final twice as lengthy as the three-month-lengthy Shenzhou 12, China’s old longest mission.

For the period of this time the astronauts have successfully transferred presents from the Tianzhou cargo spacecraft docked with Tianhe, including carrying out repairs, performing day-after-day exercises to counter the effects of microgravity and conducting clinical examinations and scientific experiments, the CMSA verbalize famed. 

Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu, making his first high-tail to house, also examined the microbial verbalize of water aboard Tianhe, photos released this week revealed.

The crew also prepared for and drilled for emergency operations including evacuation and first lend a hand. Meanwhile on the ground at Jiuquan Satellite tv for pc Commence Heart, a Long March 2F rocket and the Shenzhou 14 spacecraft are in a

express of shut to-readiness

in the case of an emergency in orbit.

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Andrew Jones covers China’s house alternate for SpaceNews. He is predicated in Helsinki, Finland.

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