Wang is one of three astronauts on a six-month mission to build the Tiangong space station.

Astronaut Wang Yaping has become the first Chinese woman to walk in space, authorities said Monday, as part of a six-month mission to the country’s space station.

Wang and fellow astronaut Zhai Zhigang left the main module of the Tiangong station for more than six hours to install equipment and carry out tests alongside the station’s robotic arm as part of its ongoing construction, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMS).

The third member of the crew, Ye Guangfu, provided assistance from inside the station, CMS said on its website.

Tiangong, meaning “heavenly palace”, is a crucial part of China’s military-led drive to become a leading space power, after

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