Chinese astronauts make 8.5-hour spacewalk record

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A record-breaking spacewalk was completed by two Chinese astronauts outside their country’s Tiangong space station on December 15. 

The Chinese astronauts Ye Guangfu and Li Guangsu completed their 8.5-hour spacewalk on Thursday, breaking the previous record for the longest spacewalk by Chinese astronauts, which had been 8 hours, according to the Independent.

An announcement from China’s Manned Space Agency said that, “in their announcement, the two have announced that the installation of the space station’s debris protection device has been completed, as well as the inspection of the extravehicular equipment and facilities have been completed”.

There was a third astronaut on board the space station who was able to monitor the activities of the two spacewalkers and assist them if needed. 

As part of the spacewalking mission, Tiangong’s robotic arm and an astronaut team were also on Earth to assist Tiangong’s robotic arm.

In April, Shenzhou 18 was launched into space on a mission that is expected to last six months and include China’s first spacewalk.

It is planned that during the Shenzhou 18 manned flight mission, a large number of scientific experiments, technical tests, as well as extravehicular activities for the astronaut crew and extravehicular missions for the application payload, will be carried out,” the space agency stated.

After the United States of America and the former Soviet Union have become the first two countries to launch a person into space used their own resources, China became the third country in the world to do so in 2003.

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