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EVAs in September

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26 SEPTEMBER

 

No EVAs on this date.

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27 SEPTEMBER

 

2008 Zhai Zhigang [EVA]; Liu Boming [SEVA] (Shenzhou VII)

 

Duration 22 min (approx)

 

This was China's first EVA and as such was mainly symbolic: no actual scientific or engineering work was attempted. With the third crewman Jing Haipang sealed in the Descent Module, Zhai and Liu depressurised the Orbital Module and opened the hatch. Zhai was wearing a Chinese-made Feitan spacesuit, while Liu's was the standard Orlan type used by the Russians and purchased from them. With the manoeuvre covered live on Chinese television, Zhai emerged and gripped a handrail next to the hatch, while Liu pushed his head and upper body out into space and handed his colleague a Chinese flag, which Zhai waved proudly.

 

Different sources give various figures for the duration of the EVA.

 

Only EVA to date for both taikonauts

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