Published: Fri, October 18, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

The first all-female spacewalk will finally happen on Friday

The first all-female spacewalk will finally happen on Friday

Christina Koch and Jessica Weir will be the two United States astronauts making history when they venture out of the International Space Station (ISS) together to replace a power controller that failed during the weekend. NASA announced the scheduling and other changes this week in light of issues with the space station's battery charge-discharge unit, which Koch and Meir will replace. During the spacewalk, which is expected to take about five and a half hours, the duo will swap out a failed power regulator that manages the power flow to the space station's batteries.

NASA says the failed power unit "has no impact on the crew's safety or ongoing laboratory experiments".

In the clip above, the pair of astronauts were asked by a reporter what they thought about their possible participation in the first-ever all-female spacewalk, as well as how Koch feels about her accomplishments often being viewed through the lens of her gender.

The two most recent spacewalks carried out by NASA astronauts tasked the crew with replacing aging batteries with newer, more efficient models.

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Kathryn Sullivan became the first American woman to complete a spacewalk, in October 1984, and there have been 220 spacewalks at the International Space Station since December 1998. Two women astronauts from NASA will create history by conducting the spacewalk.

McClain has since returned to earth while Weir made it to the ISS in September. The moment is being highlighted as historic by NASA nonetheless, with plenty of posts alerting space nerds to the coming event. Koch put together a second medium over the summer.

"It's just normal. We're part of the team". "So it's really nice to see how far that we've come".

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