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China’s Shenzhou-13 taikonauts are performing extravehicular activities (EVAs) for the second time during their mission on Sunday, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA).

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Astronaut Ye Guangfu opened the hatch and carefully translated outside of the Tianhe core model first.

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Ye and Zhai Zhigang are carrying out the EVAs, with astronaut Wang Yaping staying inside to support her crewmates in completing the operations. Wang is providing support from within the core module, including operation of the robotic arm.

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The three astronauts were sent to the space station in October aboard the Shenzhou-13 spacecraft for a six-month mission – the longest ever in China’s space program.

The team also performed a 6.5-hour spacewalk in November, during which Zhai and Wang went outside and Ye stayed inside.

The first spacewalk was declared a success, further testing the functions of China’s self-developed extravehicular spacesuits and the reliability and safety of the supporting equipment related to the EVAs.

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In-orbit training

So far, the trio has conducted various tasks and missions, including medical checks, space experiments, inspection and daily maintenance of the space station, and in-orbit training programs including emergency evacuation and medical rescue.

On December 9, Wang broadcast a space lecture from the Tianhe core module to Chinese students on Earth.

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The three-person crew launched into Earth orbit via a Long March-2F launch vehicle, lifting off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on October 15, 2021.

The Tianhe core is the first and main component of the China Space Station), informally known as Tiangong (Heavenly Palace). China space program planners have stated the fully-outfitted facility will be complete by late 2022.

To watch newly issued videos of the Shenzhou-13 crew conducting their 2nd EVA from the in-construction space station, go to:

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