The first all-female spacewalk is back on, six months after the embarrassing cancellation of the suit-size.
NASA announced Friday that the two women of the International Space Station will participate in a spacewalk at the end of the month. Astronauts Christina Koch and newcomer Jessica Meir will travel on October 21st to plug in new upgraded batteries for the solar power system. It will be the fourth of five spacewalks for battery work. The first is Sunday; Koch will go out with Andrew Morgan.
Christina Koch had to go out into space with another teammate in March. But NASA had to abandon the plan a few days in advance, for lack of time to prepare a second medium-sized space suit. The second medium was put together on board in June.
NASA’s deputy chief astronaut Megan McArthur told reporters the all-female spacewalk will be a milestone. But she noted that women are so integrated at all levels at Nasa now that they don’t tend to dwell on gender. “I’m sure that they’ll sit back and reflect on it, as we all will. We will all celebrate that,” McArthur said.
Koch and Meir, a marine biologist who arrived at the orbiting lab last week, are both members of Nasa’s Astronaut Class of 2013, the first and only one with an even split between men and women.
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17 November, 2019