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For the second time during their mission, Chinese astronauts have completed spacewalks and returned inside the space station core module, Tianhe.

The China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) on Friday declared the extravehicular activity a success.

Taikonauts Nie Haisheng and Liu Boming performed the EVAs with Tang Hongbo staying inside the station’s core module to monitor and support his colleagues.

Liu and Tang performed the first EVAs on July 4, in cooperation with Nie from inside the Tianhe core module.

Tang Hongbo stayed inside the station’s core module to monitor and support his spacewalking colleagues.
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Improvements and modifications

“For our second EVA mission, we had taken some lessons drawn from the first EVA mission and made some improvements and modifications, said Chen Shanguang, deputy chief designer of the China Manned Space Program in an interview with China Central Television (CCTV).

“So the mission was performed perfectly, saving much time from the schedule. The taikonauts gave a perfect performance in their operation, and the ground command did a perfect job, too. The mission was a complete success. So we are very happy,” Chen said.

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“We are moving forward in practicing our extravehicular activities out of the space station. With the experience from the first extravehicular activities, our astronauts are more skilled and predictable. Second, we also improved the workflow according to the results of the first extravehicular activities, making it more efficient when the operation tasks remain unchanged. Based on these two points, they could do a better job,” said Liu Weibo, deputy chief designer of the astronaut system under the China Astronaut Research and Training Center.

New suits

During the spacewalk, the astronauts installed a pump, oriented the external panoramic camera and tested new EVA spacesuits.

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Outfitted in their Feitian, new-generation homemade extravehicular mobility unit spacesuits that literally means “flying to space,” the two astronauts also completed installing the foot restraints and extravehicular working platform on the mechanical arm, the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) said.

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The Shenzhou-12 space flight is China’s seventh crewed mission to space and the first during the construction of the country’s space station. It is also the first in nearly five years after the country’s last manned mission.

The trio of astronauts flew into space aboard the Shenzhou-12 spaceship on June 17. The three-person crew is scheduled to return to Earth in mid-September.

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