Wednesday, July 03, 2024

Shenzhou-18 Astronauts Prepare for Second Spacewalk | China Space Station

Shenzhou-18 Astronauts Prepare for Second Spacewalk | China Space Station

The Shenzhou-18 crew members, currently on board China's orbiting Tiangong space station, have been preparing for their second extravehicular activities (EVAs), scheduled to occur in the next few days, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA).

In video footage released by the CMSA, the space station combination is now in a stable status with all equipment functioning well, and the Shenzhou-18 crew, also in good condition, was testing extravehicular spacesuits, preparing maintenance items and consumables, readying equipment and tools for operations outside the spacecraft, and installing the robotic arm console.

The trio also had in-orbit training on donning spacesuits, and carried out targeted training for EVAs, according to the CMSA.

The Shenzhou-18 crew was launched into space on April 25, 2024, as the third manned mission in the application and development stage of China's space station, and the 32nd flight mission of the country's overall crewed space program.

Since completing their first spacewalk on May 28, the crew has successfully completed tasks, including maintaining the experiment cabinets and installing components, monitoring environmental conditions inside the space station, and preparing for their second EVA, the CMSA said.

They have made steady progress in experiments in fields, such as space materials science, space life sciences, and aerospace medicine.

Shenzhou-18 Crew:

Ye Guangfu (叶光富, commander)

Li Cong (李聪, mission specialist)

Li Guangsu (李广苏, mission specialist)

Video Credit: CCTV Video News Agency

Duration: 2 minutes, 16 seconds

Release Date: July 3, 2024

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