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On September 17, during the second extravehicular activity of the Shenzhou-14 mission, astronauts verified an extravehicular rescue capability, the first spacewalk rescue exercise during the construction period of China’s space station.

With the aid of the small mechanical arm, two astronauts conducted a series of extravehicular tasks, including the installation of extravehicular assistance handles.

The astronauts also installed additional pumps, the core equipment of the space station’s thermal control system, and carry out the challenging task of extravehicular rescue for the first time, according to China Central Television (CCTV).

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Assist handle

Chen Dong and Cai Xuzhe performed the tasks, with Liu Yang providing support inside the cabin. The Shenzhou-14 twosome completed their tasks during a roughly five hour period.

The taikonauts opened the airlock cabin of the Wentian lab module making their exit into space. The extravehicular activities included installing foot-stop b, which will facilitate work on the bulkhead, and an assist handle that can help astronauts open the hatch door from outside in emergency.

For videos detailing the rescue exercise, go to:

https://youtu.be/VcBLkJq5lM4

https://youtu.be/Q91B12Oj1LM

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