Ever All-Female Spacewalk to Happen in Next 48 Hours

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 17, 2019

And while that iconic moment is years away from happening, another significant chapter in the story of women in space is likely to take place in the next 48 hours with the first-ever all-female spacewalk outside of the International Space Station (ISS).

A message posted on NASA website reads, "The High Definition Earth-Viewing (HDEV) experiment on the International Space Station has experienced a loss of data, and ground computers are no longer receiving communications from the payload".

The historic spacewalk will be broadcast live on NASA.gov. Click NASA TV when you get there.

Koch and Meir are replacing the BCDUs after they failed to provide increased power to the ISS. According to NASA, BCDUs regulate the charge for batteries that draw energy from the station's solar collectors to provide power as the station orbits at night. She joined NASA's astronaut corp in 2013, becoming the latest in a series of Scripps women to serve as astronauts.

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. As she backed out dur to safety issues, her fellow colleague, Nick Hague filled in for her spot and completed the spacewalk along with Christina Koch, as per the schedule.

An all-woman spacewalk was first slated in March but was called off because participating astronaut Ann McClain needed a medium spacesuit and only a large one was available.

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