Veteran female astronauts to become first all-women spacewalk team

James Marshall
October 18, 2019

The Expedition 61 astronauts now aboard the International Space Station (ISS) are preparing for a record-breaking ten spacewalks to be conducted in three months.

It further said, a team of engineers are reviewing the available health and status information from HDEV to identify what may have occurred and stated that more updates will be published as they become available.

NASA planned the first all-female spacewalk in March, but had to call it off because of a shortage of medium-size suits.

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

Watch live coverage here on NASA TV and nasa.gov/live Friday beginning at 6:30 a.m.

In the clip above, the pair of astronauts were asked by a reporter what they thought about their possible participation in the first-ever all-female spacewalk, as well as how Koch feels about her accomplishments often being viewed through the lens of her gender.

"Once there, the spacewalkers will take about five-and-a-half hours to replace the failed power regulator with a spare BCDU". 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.

NASA initially planned the spacewalk for Thursday, October 17. The astronaut duo will be the first all-woman team to perform maintenance work on the space station.

The original spacewalk would have been carried out by Mrs Koch and NASA astronaut Anne McClain.

Meir flew to the International Space Station in late September for a six month mission, much of which is devoted to scientific research.

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

"We don't even really think about it on a daily basis", Meir said of the milestone during a NASA media event broadcast from the station.

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