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Tue Oct 15, 2019, 03:04 PM

NASA Moves Up 1st All-Female Spacewalk to This Week

By Mike Wall 3 hours ago Spaceflight

The milestone is long overdue.

Astronauts Christina Koch (left) and Jessica Meir are scheduled to spacewalk together on Oct. 17 or Oct. 18, 2019.(Image: NASA)

We won't have to wait quite as long as we'd thought for the first all-female spacewalk, if all goes according to plan.

NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir had been scheduled to venture outside the International Space Station (ISS) together next Monday (Oct. 21), as part of a series of excursions to install new batteries. But they've been retasked and fast-tracked, thanks to the failure of one of the orbiting lab's power controllers over the weekend, NASA officials announced today (Oct. 15).

"@Space_Station update: our first all-female spacewalk with @Astro_Christina and @Astro_Jessica will be Thursday or Friday to replace a faulty battery charge-discharge unit," NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said via Twitter. More details will be relayed during a press conference later today, he added.

Just 15 women have ever conducted a spacewalk, and all of them did so with a male companion. So Koch and Meir will make some long-overdue history.


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Tue Oct 15, 2019, 03:07 PM

1. This should have happened decades ago

and no one would even remark on it today.

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Tue Oct 15, 2019, 03:32 PM

2. So true!

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