Watch live as NASA astronauts conduct second-ever all-female spacewalk

James Marshall
January 17, 2020

In October, both made background when they finished a spacewalk to deal with a defective battery; it was the very first time in a half-century that a female drifted out without a male crewmate.

Spacewalking astronauts had to make do with fewer lights and camera views from one helmet Wednesday while performing critical battery work outside the International Space Station.

The first spacewalk of the new year, which concluded at 2:19 p.m. EST when the Quest airlock on the ISS was repressurized, was broadcast live by NASA TV and livestreamed on YouTube.

Two female US astronauts wrapped up a spacewalk out of the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday, replacing batteries on the station's port truss. "Great. Perfect", they radioed. "You're missing that additional protection". The batteries are part of the station's solar power network, keeping everything running when the outpost is on the night side of Earth.

NASA confirmed on Twitter that Koch and Meir completed their first spacewalk mission task at 8:35 a.m., successfully removing one of the old nickel-hydrogen batteries.

Recently, Koch marked 300 days in space. Meir arrived at the space station in September. "In the past women haven't always been at the table", Koch said.

As with the previous spacewalk, the female voice heard speaking to Meir and Koch belongs to NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson. She's acting as CapCom, or Capsule Communication, at Johnson Space Center in Houston. CapCom is the astronaut who on Earth communicates with crew members on the craft.

Wilson's voice is a familiar one for Koch and Meir.

On Wednesday morning, the second spacewalk, entirely by female astronauts, began at the International Space Station. Koch and Meir were the 13th and 14th, respectively.

The spectrometer searches for dark matter and antimatter in the universe.

Meir has actually gone to the International Space Station given thatSept 25, when she introduced on her first-ever journey to room together with Russia's Oleg Skripochka and also Hazzaa Ali Almansoori, of the United Arab Emirates.

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