Chinese astronauts take a spacewalk to modernize their robotic arm – .

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Chinese astronauts take a spacewalk to modernize their robotic arm – .


Beijing (AFP)

Chinese astronauts flew into space on Friday to put the finishing touches on a robotic arm at the Tiangong space station.

The incursion, the second spacewalk in two months and broadcast on state television, is part of China’s heavily promoted space program that has already seen the nation land a rover on Mars and send probes to the moon.

In June, three crew members arrived at the station, where they are expected to stay in space for a total of three months as part of China’s longest crewed mission to date.

On Friday, astronauts Nie Haisheng and Liu Boming managed to exit the Tianhe central module to install pedals and a workbench on the station’s robotic arm, the Chinese Space Agency said in a statement.

Video footage showed the astronauts working outside the spacecraft while tied to it with a long rope.

Their duties also include working on a thermal unit and adjusting a panoramic camera, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

This marks only the third spacewalk for Chinese astronauts, following the first in 2008, when Zhai Zhigang made China the third country to conduct a spacewalk after the Soviet Union and the United States. United.

The second took place in early July, when Liu and third crew member Tang Hongbo left the station.

This is China’s first crewed mission in nearly five years and a matter of prestige as the country marks the 100th anniversary of the ruling Communist Party.

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