With this spacewalk, China became the third country in history, after the United Sttes and the former Soviet Union, to have one of its citizens engage in, as NASA describes it, extra-vehicular activity
. China's goal is sending a man to the moon, which might happen as early as 2020.
The spacewalk, known formally as an extra-vehicular activity
or EVA, is expected to help China develop the technology for docking two orbiters to create China's first space station in the future.
Then, in Nasa-speak, they went EVA (extra-vehicular activity
), powered by their MMU (manned manoeuvring units).
Indeed, the first day's jaunt set an "extra-vehicular activity
" (EVA) record of 7 hours 8 minutes.
He is a veteran of four space missions and, during his stellar, 15-year NASA career, he logged 229 days in space--more than 36 hours of which were spent in Extra-Vehicular Activity
. His most recent mission was as commander and NASA science officer of Expedition 10 aboard the International Space Station.
He broke a 20-year record for the longest extra-vehicular activity
(spacewalk) during his career as an astronaut.
Breaking a 20 year record for the longest extra-vehicular activity
(spacewalk) during a career that included three space flights (1991, 1992, and 1994), Mr Heib flew on the original flight of the space shuttle Endeavour and was a member of the first three person spacewalk.