First all-woman spacewalk set to take place this week
Washington, The first all-woman
The spacewalk will last approximately six and a half hours, according to NASA.
"@Space_Station update: our first all-female spacewalk with @Astro_Christina and @Astro_Jessica will be Thursday or Friday to replace a faulty battery charge-discharge unit," NASA Administrator
Station managers decided to postpone previously planned spacewalks that had been set to install new batteries this week and next in order to replace the faulty power unit, called a Battery Charge/Discharge Unit (BCDU).
The BCDU failed to activate following the October 11 installation of new lithium-ion batteries on the space station's truss.
NASA said that the BCDU failure has not impacted station operations, safety of the crew, or the ongoing experiments aboard the orbiting laboratory, many in preparation for future human missions to the Moon and Mars.
However, the failed power unit does prevent a new lithium-ion battery installed earlier this month from providing additional station power.
An all-woman spacewalk, involving Koch and NASA
But that spacewalk was scuttled because properly fitted spacesuits could not be readied in time for both astronauts, Space.com reported.
So far, the 15 women who have conducted a spacewalk did so with a
This will be Koch's fourth spacewalk and Meir's first.
NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will venture outside the International Space Station Thursday or Friday morning on a historic first all-female spacewalk, the agency announced. It will be Koch's fourth spacewalk and Meir's
Originally scheduled in March, for the International Woman's Month, the first all-female spacewalk was canceled at the time because of the lack of medium-size suits. Image: phys.org This is now back on
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