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The first woman from China to walk into outer space works for 6 hours outside the station

Wang Yaping became the first Chinese woman to walk into outer space on a six-month mission to the country’s space station.

According to the China Manned Space Agency, Wang and fellow astronaut Zhai Zhigang left the station’s main module on Sunday evening after spending more than six hours outside installing equipment and testing alongside the station’s robotic service team.

The third crew member, Ye Guangfu, helped from inside the station, according to CMS on its website.

Wang, 41, and Zhai, 55, have visited China’s decommissioned experimental space stations, and Zhai conducted the first spacewalk in China 13 years ago.

The three are the second crew of the permanent station, and the mission, which began with their arrival on October 16, should be the longest period of time in space for Chinese astronauts.

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The Tianhe module of the station will be connected next year to two more sites, named Mengtian and Wentian. The completed station will weigh about 66 tons, which is much less than the International Space Station, whose first module was launched in 1998, and weighs about 450 tons.

Three spacewalks are planned to install equipment in preparation for the expansion of the station, while the crew will also assess living conditions in the Tianhe module and conduct experiments in space medicine and other fields.

The Chinese military space program plans to send several crews to the station over the next two years to make it fully functional.

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