According to the national human spaceflight agency, two astronauts on China's Tiangong space station completed a six-hour spacewalk on Friday.
The China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) reported that astronauts Chen Dong and Liu Yang returned to their cabin module in the early hours of Friday, pronouncing the first spacewalk of the six-month Shenzhou-14 mission a "complete success"
China's extensively publicized space program has already resulted in the country landing a rover on Mars and sending probes to the Moon. Images from state media showed the duo opening the door of the module and maneuvering equipment with a robotic arm against the revolving earth in the background.
"Hello there, everyone. I've completed the module. I'm in a good mood, "In a video, Chen, a former military pilot, stated.
While the remaining astronaut Cai Xuzhe supervised from inside the cabin, the two conducted a variety of chores, including adding exterior pieces to the module and verifying its operations. On June 5, China launched the Shenzhou-14 spacecraft, carrying three astronauts to complete Tiangong's construction. The space station dubbed the "heavenly palace" is planned to be completely operational by the end of the year.
Chen, Liu, and Cai are the second crew to spend six months aboard Tiangong, following the previous crew, who returned to Earth in April after 183 days on the space station. Tiangong's core module was sent into orbit early last year and is anticipated to endure at least a decade. The finished station will resemble the Soviet Mir station, which orbited Earth from the 1980s to 2001.