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    BEIJING, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) — Chinese astronauts from Shenzhou-14 have completed their extravehicular activities (EVA), the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) announced Saturday.

    At 1:35 p.m. (Beijing Time) , Cai Xuzhe opened the hatch of Wentian’s airlock cabin. At 3:33 p.m., Cai and Chen Dong were outside.The pair returned to the lab pod at 5:47 p.m. after about five hours of EVA, according to CMSA, which declared the mission a complete success.During the EVAs, astronaut Liu Yang was inside the central module, supporting his teammates. They carried out a series of works, including the installation of the extravehicular assistance handles and the extended circuit pump unit dump. They also verified the extravehicular rescue capability. The EVAs additionally examined the coordination ability of the astronauts and the small mechanical arm, and verified the functional performance of Wentian’s airlock cabin and support facilities for the EVAs.

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