China Releases Footage of Astronauts' First Spacewalk Outside Tiangong Space Station

Astronauts stationed at China’s new space station, Tiangong, carried out their first spacewalk on July 4, according to authorities.

The China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) said the astronauts exited the space station’s core module, Tianhe, and successfully installed equipment outside. The agency said this activity tested the ability of the astronauts, the functionality of China’s new-generation spacesuit, as well as the safety of their equipment.

Footage shared by CMSA shows an astronaut in a spacesuit exiting part of the core module and waving. Additional footage broadcast by CCTV, China’s state broadcaster, reportedly shows astronauts Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo exiting the module and installing equipment outside.

The agency also said that since the Shenzhou 12 crew entered the Tianhe core module on June 17, all activities have been carried out and all three astronauts are well. Credit: China Manned Space Agency via Storyful

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