Shenzhou-18 crew members aboard China’s orbiting space station have completed their first spacewalk, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA).

Ye Guangfu, Li Cong and Li Guangsu worked for about eight and a half hours completing various tasks, including installing space debris protection devices, and were assisted by the station’s robotic arm and a team on Earth.

The task set a new record for the longest spacewalk by Chinese astronauts. Ye and Li Guangsu, the two crew members assigned to spacewalk duty, have already returned safely to the Wentian laboratory module.

This marked Ye’s second extravehicular activity (EVA), following his initial spacewalk during the Shenzhou-13 mission, while Li Guangsu embarked on a spacewalk for the first time.


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