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First ever all-female spacewalk takes place following spacesuit shortage

International Space Station, International Space Station

US astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will take part in the first ever all-female spacewalk on Monday, October 21, outside the International Space Station (ISS). Initially scheduled for late March, the all-female spacewalk has been delayed because the ISS didn’t have enough medium-sized spacesuits.

The newly scheduled spacewalk is possible because NASA sent up a new spacesuit that was configured with a medium-size hard upper torso in order to meet future staffing requirements.

Christina Koch, who arrived aboard the ISS on December 3, will float into space with crewmate Jessica Meir. The duo is scheduled to venture outside the station to work on a set of battery replacements. Fellow NASA astronaut Anne McClain, who was due to take part in the cancelled March spacewalk, has since returned to Earth.

Koch’s stay will extend to 300 days and eventually set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, eclipsing the record of 289 days set by former NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson in 2016-17.

The overall upgrade of the station’s power system began in January 2017 with similar battery replacements being installed during spacewalks.

This will be the 222nd spacewalk in the history of the International Space Station’s assembly and maintenance.

IMAGE CREDIT: NASA/ Christina Koch

Date of startOctober 21, 2019
Time of start10:30
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US astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will take part in the first ever all-female spacewalk on Monday, October 21, outside the International Space Station (ISS). Initially scheduled for late March, the all-female spacewalk has been delayed because the ISS didn’t have enough medium-sized spacesuits. The newly scheduled spacewalk is possible because NASA sent up a new spacesuit that was configured with a medium-size hard upper torso in order to meet future staffing requirements. Christina Koch, who arrived aboard the ISS on December 3, will float into space with crewmate Jessica Meir. The duo is scheduled to venture outside the station to work on a set of battery replacements. Fellow NASA astronaut Anne McClain, who was due to take part in the cancelled March spacewalk, has since returned to Earth. Koch’s stay will extend to 300 days and eventually set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, eclipsing the record of 289 days set by former NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson in 2016-17. The overall upgrade of the station’s power system began in January 2017 with similar battery replacements being installed during spacewalks. This will be the 222nd spacewalk in the history of the International Space Station’s assembly and maintenance. IMAGE CREDIT: NASA/ Christina Koch

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