The first Chinese woman to walk in space Astronaut Wang Yaping made history today as the first Chinese woman to walk in space, as part of a nearly six-month mission to the country’s space station.
The first Chinese woman to walk in space
Wang, 41, and her fellow Chinese astronaut, Zhai Zhigang, who is known to be the first Chinese citizen to carry out a spacewalk in 13 years. On November 8, they spent more than six hours outside trying to install equipment and running tests alongside the station’s service robot arm, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMS).
The Chinese Space Agency (CMS) added on its website that the third member of this crew, Ye Guangfu, provided assistance from inside the station.
It is known that the three are the second crew of the permanent station, and the mission that began with their arrival on October 16 is set to be the longest period of time for Chinese astronauts in space so far.
The Tiangong unit will be connected to the station next year with two other divisions, Mingtian and Wentian. The completed station will weigh about 66 tons, which is much smaller than the International Space Station, which launched its first unit in 1998 and weighs about 450 tons.
It is worth noting that three spacewalks are planned, in order to install new equipment to prepare for the expansion of the station, while the crew will also monitor the living conditions in the Tiangong unit and conduct experiments in space medicine and other fields.
China’s space program, led by the military, is planning to send several crews to the station over the next two years to make it fully operational.