Space station’s 2 women prep for 1st all-female spacewalk

Space station’s 2 women prep for 1st all-female spacewalk

Space station’s 2 women prep for 1st all-female spacewalk

NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will make "HERstory", as NASA is calling it, with the first all-female spacewalk.

NASA initially planned the spacewalk for Thursday, October 17.

Koch was one of the astronauts scheduled for the original all-female spacewalk. Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, who are also on the International Space Station (ISS) will step outside the station to replace a failed power controller.

This first all-female spacewalk was originally set to take place on October 21, but NASA moved the date up so Koch and Meir can replace a faulty battery charge/discharge unit (BCDU) that failed to work as expected after an October 11 spacewalk to install new batteries.

NASA's upcoming Artemis missions to the Moon are set to be hugely inspiring, in part, because they will see the first woman in history set foot on the lunar surface.

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Live coverage will begin at 6:30 a.m. on NASA Television and the agency's website. 18, 2019, the two are scheduled to perform a spacewalk to replace a broken battery charger.

"The BCDU had been in operation since December 2000 and is due to return to Earth on the next SpaceX Dragon resupply ship for inspection". The faulty unit is preventing a set of recently installed batteries from providing increased power.

NASA had previously planned a two-woman spacewalk for earlier this year, but it was canceled because it didn't have two spacesuits in the right size, The Wall Street Journal noted.

The space agency has also pencilled in five more spacewalks to fix a cosmic particle detector, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, between November and December.

"Photos will be much more spectacular once we pass through the hatch". 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.

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