NASA’s All-Female Spacewalk: Christina Koch and Jessica Meir
NASA finally going to make history this month by sending two women on an all-female Spacewalk mission.
NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, who both currently live on the ISS, are set to perform the spacewalk on October 21st.
,@NASA TV goes live Friday at 6:30am ET to broadcast a spacewalk with @Astro_Christina and @Astro_Jessica. The duo will begin their venture at 7:50am to replace a failed power controller. https://t.co/L52JJKIGgb pic.twitter.com/jkGxb2fRIr
— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) October 18, 2019
10 important Things You Should Know About NASA’s All-Female Spacewalk
- NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will make “HERstory,” as NASA is calling it, with the first all-female spacewalk
- American astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will undertake repairs aboard the International Space Station for five-and-a-half hours.
All hands on deck! Suited up this week in preparation for 5 spacewalks in a row to upgrade the @Space_Station solar array batteries. Work begins on Sunday! Watch the spacewalk live at https://t.co/zCjhcX2LD1 pic.twitter.com/VQppdAhGba
— Christina H Koch (@Astro_Christina) October 4, 2019
- It will be the first all-female spacewalk ever in space history.
- This will be Christina Koch Koch’s fourth spacewalk and Jessica Meir’s first.
- Men have floated out the hatch on all 420 spacewalks conducted over the past half-century.
- All four men aboard the International Space Station will remain inside, as Koch and Meir go out to replace a broken battery charger.
- Kathryn Sullivan was the first woman to spacewalk in 1984.
- NASA also revealed new spacesuits for the Artemis Mission in 2024 which will take the first woman on the moon.
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- They will be replacing a faulty battery charge/discharge unit that failed to activate after a spacewalk Oct. 11.
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- NASA will broadcast the event on NASA TV at 6:30 a.m. ET, but the spacewalk is scheduled to commence at 8:20 a.m. and will last about 7 hours.
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- After she returns, Koch will be the only woman to have done the longest single spaceflight with an expected total of 328 days in space.
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Gearing up for Friday’s spacewalk to help the ground teams repair one of the battery channels with @Astro_Christina.
. . . first spacesuit selfie, check!✔️
— Jessica Meir (@Astro_Jessica) October 16, 2019
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