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19:01  18 october  2019
19:01  18 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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US astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir became the first all - female pairing to carry out a spacewalk Friday, following a spacesuit flub earlier this year that caused the historic mission to " We want to make sure that space is available to all people, and this is another milestone in that evolution.

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US astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir became the first all-female pairing to carry out a spacewalk Friday, following a spacesuit flub earlier this year that caused the historic mission to be aborted.

"Christina, you may egress the airlock," spacecraft communicator Stephanie Wilson told the pair shortly after they set out to replace a power controller on the International Space Station at 1138 GMT.

They began their mission making standard safety checks on their suits and tethers, before making their way to the repair site.

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US astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir made history on Friday completing the first all - female spacewalk . An earlier attempt was cancelled when The spacewalk officially began with the opening of the airlock hatch at 11:38 UTC on Friday. A few minutes later, the duo ventured out of the ISS and

The world’s first female spacewalking team made history high above Earth on Friday, floating out of the International Space Station to fix a broken part of the power network. NASA originally wanted to conduct an all - female spacewalk last spring, but did not have enough medium-size suits ready to go.

In a call to reporters a few minutes earlier, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine emphasized its symbolic importance.

"We want to make sure that space is available to all people, and this is another milestone in that evolution. 

"I have an 11 year old daughter, I want her to see herself as having all the same opportunities that I found myself as having when I was growing up."

The first such mission was supposed to take place in March but was canceled because the space agency had only one medium-sized suit, with a male-female combination performing the required task at a later date.

Traditionally male-dominated NASA's failure to be adequately prepared was denounced in some quarters as evidence of implicit sexism.

Koch, an electrical engineer, was leading Meir, who holds a doctorate in marine biology and is making her first ever spacewalk.

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Plans for the first all - female spacewalk in history have been scrapped for lack of a second space suit, the US space agency Nasa says. Christina Koch and Anne McClain had been scheduled to step outside the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday to install batteries. But it turned out they both

“The first all -woman spacewalk is a milestone worth noting and celebrating as the agency looks forward to putting the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024 with NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration program,” explains NASA on its website.

The two were working to replace a faulty battery charge/discharge unit, known as a BCDU.

The station relies on solar power but is out of direct sunlight for much of its orbit and therefore needs batteries, and the BCDUs regulate the amount of charge that goes into them.

The current task was announced Monday and is part of a wider mission of replacing aging nickel-hydrogen batteries with higher capacity lithium-ion units.

The US sent its first female astronaut into space in 1983, when Sally Ride took part in the seventh Space Shuttle mission, and has now had more women astronauts than any other country.

But the first woman in space was Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova in 1963, followed by compatriot Svetlana Savitskaya in 1982, who was also the first woman spacewalker two years later.

The spacewalk comes as NASA plans to return to the Moon by 2024 under the Artemis mission, named for the twin sister of Apollo in Greek mythology. 

The mission will see the first woman to set foot on the lunar surface, possibly as part of an all-woman team.

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