Chinese astronauts go on spacewalk from new station

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Bejing, Sept. 18 (BNA): Two Chinese astronauts went on a spacewalk from a new space station to be completed later this year.


Cai Xuzhe and Chen Dong installed pumps, a handle to open the hatch door from outside in an emergency, and a foot-stop to fix an astronaut’s feet to a robotic arm, state media said.


The latest spacewalk was the second during a six-month mission that will oversee the completion of the space station.


The first two laboratories, a 23-ton module, was added to the station in July and the other is to be sent up later this year, the Associated Press (ap) reported.


The third member of the crew, Liu Yang, supported the other two from inside during the spacewalk. Liu and Chen conducted the first spacewalk about two weeks ago.


They will be joined by three more astronauts near the end of their mission in what will be the first time the station has six people on board.


China became the third nation to send a person into space in 2003, following the former Soviet Union and the United States. It has sent rovers to the moon and Mars and brought lunar samples back to Earth.