Today marks the first #AllWomanSpacewalk in human history!
The two US astronauts, Christina Koch and Jessica Weir have made history as they venture out of the International Space Station (ISS) together to replace a power controller that failed during the weekend. The first-ever All Woman Spacewalk officially began at 7:38 a.m. ET is expected to take about five and a half hours.
WATCH LIVE NOW: First All Woman Spacewalk
LIVE NOW: Tune in to watch the first #AllWomanSpacewalk in human history! 👩🏻🚀
— NASA (@NASA) October 18, 2019
While orbiting over the U.S., Koch and Weir will return the failed power controller to the Quest airlock. The device will be returned to Earth for inspection.
While orbiting over the U.S., spacewalkers @Astro_Christina Koch and @Astro_Jessica are returning the failed power controller to the Quest airlock. The device will be returned to Earth on a future @SpaceX #Dragon cargo mission for inspection. https://t.co/yuOTrZ4Jut pic.twitter.com/QckGHtmwdm
— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) October 18, 2019
It was Russia’s Valentina Tereshkova who became the first woman to make it to space in 1963. It took 21 years for Russian cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya to become the first woman to take part in a spacewalk in 1984.
According to Euronews, ISS has conducted 220 spacewalks and only 15 women have taken part in extra-vehicular activity so far, compared to more than 50 men.
An additional 12 US women have conducted 40 spacewalks over the past 35 years. Koch and Meir will be 13th and 14th, respectively.
So proud of my astrosisters @Astro_Christina and @Astro_Jessica! We’ve been training together since our selection in 2013, and now they’re out on a history-making spacewalk! #AllWomanSpacewalk pic.twitter.com/zjMGDJ5tae
— Andrew Morgan (@AstroDrewMorgan) October 18, 2019
Earlier this year, Christina Koch and Anne McClain were scheduled to make the first all-female spacewalk in March. However, the event had to be postponed because NASA didn’t have the two medium-sized suits that were required to get aboard the ISS.
Anne McClain has since returned to earth while Jessica Weir made it to the ISS in September. Another medium-sized suit has now been sent up by NASA.
NASA also announced to send the first woman and the next man to the moon in 2024. The US space agency also unveiled the suits they will wear for this mission.
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