CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP/NBC News) — Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir made history Friday, 250 miles above Earth.
The pair made the first “all-female” spacewalk outside the International Space Station.
America’s first female spacewalker from 35 years ago, Kathy Sullivan, said she was delighted. Sullivan said it’s good to finally have enough women in the astronaut corps and trained for spacewalking for this to happen.
The significance was not lost on Koch.
“I think it’s important for the historical nature of what we’re doing, that in the past women haven’t always been at the table and it’s wonderful to be contributing to the human space flight program at a time when all contributions are being accepted. everyone has a role,” she said prior to the walk.
The pair ventured outside the International Space Station to replace a failed power controller at 7:38 a.m. eastern time.
According to NASA:
The battery charge/discharge units regulate the amount of charge put into the batteries that collect energy from the station’s solar arrays to power station systems during periods when the complex orbits during nighttime passes around the Earth. Two other charge/discharge units on the affected 2B power channel did activate as planned and are providing power to station systems.”
They only paused to take a congratulatory phone call from President Trump.
NASA originally wanted to conduct an all-female spacewalk last spring, but did not have enough medium-size suits ready to go.