NASA Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir Complete First All Women Spacewalk

In a first, two NASA astronauts complete a 7-hour all-women spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS). This was for the first time, an all women crew completed a spacewalk to replace a failed power control unit. The spacewalk went well as per both the astronauts, and they were even able to accomplish some get-ahead tasks on the station.

This was the fourth spacewalk for Koch and the first for Meir. Based on their position on the platform, the astronauts were able to see the Earth pass beneath their feet.

The first woman to conduct a spacewalk was Russian cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya in 1984, followed closely by NASA astronaut Kathy Sullivan. An additional 12 US women have conducted 40 spacewalks over the past 35 years. Koch and Meir were the 13th and 14th, respectively.

Ms. Koch, an electrical engineer, and Ms. Meir, who has a doctorate in marine biology, stepped outside in their NASA spacesuits at 11:38 GMT (07:38 EDT) on Friday. They made their way to a location called the Port 6 truss structure to replace the battery charge-discharge unit (BCDU). They then returned to the airlock with the failed part which will subsequently be loaded on to the next SpaceX Dragon resupply ship for inspection on Earth.

Both the astronauts were congratulated by the US President Donald Trump. Terming them as inspirations the President said, “The job you do is incredible”.

They then returned to the airlock with the failed part which will subsequently be loaded on to the next SpaceX Dragon resupply ship for inspection on Earth.This is the second attempt at an all-female spacewalk after the first was scrapped in March.

SOURCE:CNN, BBC



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