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China’s Shenzhou-14 crew — Chen Dong, Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe — are preparing for their first spacewalk duties. Activities including physical trainings and spacesuit inspections in the airlock cabin of the Wentian lab module which will become the main exit-entry point for extravehicular activities.

Shenzhou-14 crew enters new lab module. Credit: China National Space Administration (CNSA)/China Media Group(CMG)/China Central Television (CCTV)/Inside Outer Space screengrab

According to China Central Television (CCTV) the preparatory work includes regular inspection of spacesuits to ensure safety and smooth operation of extravehicular activities.

The new-generation spacesuits named Feitian (meaning flying to space) have been worn on 4 spacewalks by crew members of Shenzhou-12 and Shenzhou-13.

These spacewalking suits are now placed in Wentian lab module’s airlock cabin waiting for the next mission.

Current configuration of China’s in-construction space station.
Credit: China National Space Administration (CNSA)/China Media Group(CMG)/China Central Television (CCTV)/Inside Outer Space screengrab

Multi-element space station

China launched Wentian, the first lab module of its space station Tiangong, on July 24. The second lab module Mengtian is set to be launched in October.

The Tianhe core module was launched in April 2021.

The construction of the Tiangong space station is expected to be completed by year’s end.

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