Published: Sun, January 19, 2020
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Astronaut Completes Spacewalk Without Helmet Camera, Lights

Astronaut Completes Spacewalk Without Helmet Camera, Lights

Last October, Meir and Koch teamed up for the world's first all-female spacewalk.

NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir completed the first space walk of 2020 on Wednesday and spent more than six hours on battery fix work on the International Space Station's Port-6 Truss.

NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch are scheduled to replace batteries on solar arrays on the outside of the International Space Station during the first spacewalk of 2020.

The problem put the mission, which is expected to last six and a half hours, around 30 minutes behind schedule.

The spacewalk, however, continued with Koch staying close to Meir, using the lights attached to her helmet. The astronauts finally completed all of their duties and even jumped forward, inserting two new batteries and removing four old ones. The astronauts carried out the first all-female spacewalk last October.

NASA confirmed on Twitter that Koch and Meir completed their first space walk task at 8:35 am and successfully removed one of the old nickel-hydrogen batteries. Koch and Meir finished all of the scheduled battery fix work around 12:30 p.m., and then completed a single get-ahead task before cleaning up their work stations and heading back inside ISS. Meir arrived at the space station in September. She is set to remain on the station until February 2020, which will make her time on the station the longest single spaceflight by a woman.

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Koch is just three weeks away from ending an 11-month space mission, the longest ever by a woman. "In the past women haven't always been at the table", Koch said.

As with the previous spacewalk, the female voice heard speaking to Meir and Koch belongs to NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson. CapCom is the astronaut who on Earth communicates with crew members on the craft. Meir tried to get the camera and light attachment back onto Koch's helmet, but could not get it into the proper grooves. They all know each other well.

The first spacewalk of the new year will be broadcast live on NASA TV. An additional 12 USA women have conducted 40 spacewalks over the past 35 years.

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Space-wandering astronauts had to do today with fewer lights and camera views from one helmet while performing critical battery work outside the global space station.

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