Two NASA astronauts complete 1st of 5 power upgrade spacewalks

NASA’s all-female spacewalk to happen this month

NASA’s all-female spacewalk to happen this month

According to NASA, veteran spacewalkers Christina Koch and Andrew Morgan exited the station's Quest airlock in their USA spacesuits on Sunday, 5 PM IST for a six-and-a-half hour spacewalk during which, they installed new lithium-ion batteries on Port-6 truss structure which is an attachment point of the solar arrays.

This unusual run of spacewalks will feature the first all-female spacewalk - by Koch and Jessica Meir - later this month.

The announcement was made Friday during a briefing by the agency previewing 10 upcoming spacewalks by astronauts on the International Space Station. Astronauts Christina Koch and the newly arrived Jessica Meir will venture out October 21 to plug in new, upgraded batteries for the solar power system. The first is Sunday; Koch will go out with Andrew Morgan. But NASA had to scrap the plan just a few days in advance because it was not enough time to get a second medium-size spacesuit ready. The second medium was put together on board in June. 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. Summer Worden, McClain's spouse, accused the astronaut of identity theft and improper access to her private financial records from space. Even then, she was always accompanied by a man. They are also doing their first spaceflights.

Koch is also on her way to making history with a 300-day mission, which will be the longest single spaceflight by a woman.

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"During the seven-hour and one minute spacewalk, the two NASA astronauts began the replacement of nickel-hydrogen batteries with newer, more powerful lithium-ion batteries on the far end of the station's port truss".

Flight Engineers Christina Koch and Andrew Morgan of NASA conducted their spacewalk at 2:40 p.m. EDT on September 6.

Koch will serve as the lead spacewalker for Sunday's excursion with Morgan, her US male crewmate. "And it's wonderful to be contributing to the human spaceflight program at a time when all contributions are being accepted, when everyone has a role, and that can lead, in turn, to increased chance for success". According to NASA one lithium-ion battery will take the spot of every two nickel-hydrogen batteries now aboard the station.

Meir said she does not think a lot about being one of two women on the space station.

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