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NASA's first-ever all-women spacewalk has been rescheduled for 21 October

NASA astronaut Jessica Meir on Sept. 29 2019 Christina H. Koch left and Meir greet each other after Meir's arrival on the International Space Station. On Friday Sept. 4 2019 NASA announced that the International NASA's first-ever all-women spacewalk has been rescheduled for 21 October
Kristine Garrett | 07 October, 2019, 14:17

NASA space explorer Jessica Meir, working from inside the station, at that point utilized the Canadarm2 mechanical arm to reposition the bed so the main substitution battery was inside reach of the spacewalkers. NASA's spacesuits are not differentiated by sex but female astronauts tend to require smaller sizes than their male counterparts and only one medium sized suit was available when the walk was originally set to take place.

The 400-pound batteries - half the size of a refrigerator - are part of the space station's solar power network.

"It's an honor to follow in Peggy's footsteps", Koch said.

Expedition 61 flight engineers Christina Koch (top, left) and Andrew Morgan work outside of the International Space Station during a spacewalk on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019.

NASA had planned the first all-female spacewalk for International Women's Month in March. The first five will be devoted to the replacement of batteries for the station's power supply, while the second five will be used to fix the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer instrument on the station's exterior. She will remain on the station until February 2020, making her time on the station the longest single spaceflight by a woman. They are set to install lithium-ion batteries to better serve the station's power supply. "What we're doing now shows all of the work that went in to the decades prior, all the women that worked to get us where we are today", Meir said. You know, that sounds kind of trite-we say it all the time-but it really is true.

Dates for those spacewalks are still being discussed, but they are expected to begin in November.

The spacewalking pair previously expelled one of the more seasoned batteries and after that, via cautiously giving it to and fro to one another, shepherded the huge unit to a vacant opening on the close by uncovered bed holding the new batteries. "Luca and Drew have been training extensively", Shireman said. "The nice thing for us is we don't even think about it on a daily basis". Only one is two women. And building McClain another suit would have taken too long. However, NASA couldn't execute the mission due to the lack of properly fitting spacesuits. "With the improvements to the suits for Artemis missions, astronauts can now open up new possibilities for science and exploration at the moon".

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