First All-Woman Spacewalk on October 18

James Marshall
October 17, 2019

On Friday, NASA's women astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will venture outside the International Space Station at 7:50 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 or Friday, Oct. 18. The spacewalk will be broadcasted in its entirety from 6:30 AM EDT on NASA TV and on the agency's website. 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. Three battery replacement spacewalks will be rescheduled, and five spacewalks to fix a cosmic particle detector remain on the calendar for November and December.

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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.

USA astronauts Christina Koch (cook) and Jessica Meir (mere) will step out Friday to replace a broken battery charger. And it's wonderful to be contributing to the human spaceflight program at a time when all contributions are being accepted, when everyone has a role, and that, in turn, can lead to an increased chance of success.

It seems that the all-female spacewalk, while notable, isn't an event that NASA was trying to consciously facilitate.

Koch would have been joined for that walk by astronaut Anne McClain, who has since returned to Earth. The two are the only women on the space station.

Koch and Meir are both members of NASA's 2013 Astronaut Class, an eight-person cohort with an equal number of men and women.

She was replaced on board in September by Meir.

"It's just normal. We're part of the team".

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