The first Chinese woman to walk in space


An astronaut named Wang Yaping was the first Chinese woman to walk in space. Wang and a member of his team spent six hours outside the Tiangong space station in China to take part in the repairs. At that time they were floating in the air. The news agency AFP quoted the country’s relevant authorities as saying on Sunday.

China has made significant progress in space research. The establishment of the Tiangong space station is being hailed as a major success. From here, spacecraft have been successfully sent to Mars, and missions have been carried out to the moon.

Last Sunday night, 31-year-old Wang Yaping and his colleague Zhai Zhigang set foot outside Tiangong. At this time they were seen waving their hands towards the camera. Then the two of them put some parts together.

The China Manned Space Agency said in a statement on Monday that this was the first time the Shenzhou-13 astronaut had set foot outside the space station. This is the first time in the history of Chinese space exploration that a woman has walked in space. The whole process has ended successfully.

If all goes well, China hopes the Tiangong space station will be operational for at least 10 years. In addition to Wang Yaping and Zhai Zhiang, another astronaut named Ye Guangfu is currently stationed there. A few weeks ago, they flew from the Jiuquan launch site in the Gobi Desert in China to Tiangang. Earlier, a group of astronauts had been stationed at the space station.

Of the other two members of Wang’s team, Zhai Zhigang has already walked into space. The former warplane pilot was the first Chinese astronaut to enter space in 2006. The three-member team is expected to stay in Tiangang for the next six months.

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