First All Female Space Walk

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First All Female Space Walk

Rachel Jarvis, Contributor

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On October 18, 2019 7:38 AM ET NASA tweeted the spacewalk was starting. This space walk is not just any old space walk, it is the first all female space walk in history. The original date for this was supposed to be Last spring, but had to cancel the mission because they did not have enough medium space suits. The brave female astronauts were astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir. Although the original plan was for the two women to be Christina Koch and Anne McClain who is now back on Earth. McClain ended up having to sitting out the spacewalk, while Nick Hague, a male colleague, took her spot.

This will be Christina Koch’s fourth space walk. Koch is an engineer with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and physics and a master’s degree in electrical engineering she graduated both degrees from North Carolina State University. She took her first spaceflight as part of Expedition 59, 60 and 61 and this space walk was be her fourth. She has almost gained the record for the longest time spent in space on the female category. She has been in the ISS since March.

Jessica Meir is a Swedish-American-Israeli astronaut who was born in Caribou, Maine. She is a physiologist with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Brown University, a master’s degree in space studies from the International Space University and a doctorate in marine biology from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. This was her first space walk.

They floated out of The International Space Station on Friday, with the job of replacing a power control unit. Their first time in space was scheduled for a week later, but they had to bring up the date due to that failed power control unit. They were floating in space for five and a half hours. before this day, only 14 women have done the space walk, including Koch, but Meir is now the 15th women to complete the space walk as well as one of the women in the first all female space walk. The first Woman in space was the Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya, did it in 1984. They started around 4:40 A.M. P.T. and ended at around 11:50 P.M. P.T.  Mission Control informed the astronauts that the new charger seemed to be working and the space station was back to full power. The women brought in the broken unit so it can be returned to Earth for analysis.

“This is significant … As much as it’s worth celebrating, many of us are looking forward to it just being normal.” (Tracy Caldwell Dyson). The International Space Station has been inhabited by scientists for almost nineteen years now and finally in 2019 there is finally a first all female space walk. The ground coordinator was Stephanie Wilson, who is also an astronaut. 14, now 15, women and 213 men have carried out spacewalks. There has been more than 200 spacewalks in the past two decades, all working in pairs. “As a woman, doing spacewalks is more challenging mostly because the suits are sized bigger than the average female,” (Peggy Whitson). Whitson is a retired NASA astronaut who helped build the ISS and has completed ten space walks.


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