NASA astronauts made the first women spacewalk Friday when astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch traded out of the spacecraft in low Earth orbit in order to replace an inoperative battery charger.
The first all-women spacewalk in human history began at 7: 38 when the two astronauts set their suits to battery power mode, NASA said.
Christina Koch was the first to step outside of the International Space Station with a space tether to maintain the relative position. Immediately Jessica Meir followed her with a tool bag.
The spacewalk was initially planned for 5-and-a-half hours, but later it continued for more than 7 hours as the astronauts finished their task a bit earlier and did additional jobs in the remaining time.
Prior to this historic spacewalk, NASA conducted a spacewalk that was canceled due to a lack of perfect-sized spacesuits. Currently, the event is signaling a significant leap by the space agency while NASA is persistently striving to enlighten women’s contribution to space.
NASA would send the next man and the first woman to the moon by 2024. The historical spacewalk by women appears to be another major development towards making space more available to everyone, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said while in talks with media viewing efforts by astronauts.
Koch said she has enclasped the importance of the historic moment she was getting ready to commence with, who is scheduled to spend 328 days in the International Space Station; it is the longest span to be completed by a woman.
Previously women rarely been at the table, it is wonderful to be a part of the human spaceflight program, specifically when everyone’s efforts are being accepted and all are contributing to achieving greater success, Koch said during an interview with NPR.