Jewish astronaut makes history in first all-female spacewalk

NASA leaders - along with women and others around the world - cheered Koch and Meir on.

It's also a milestone for Meir; Friday's spacewalk will be her first.

"You represent this country so well", Trump said.

NASA broadcast the spacewalk live on its own television service NASA TV.

The women embarked on the journey earlier this morning, leaving the International Space Station to replace a failed power controller. The BCDU regulates the amount of charge that the station's batteries receive from the spacecraft's solar panels during periods when the station passes through the nighttime side of the Earth in its orbit. The first woman to walk in space was Russian cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskayain 1984; NASA astronaut Kathryn Sullivan became the first female American spacewalker later that year.

"I suspect it's considerable ensuing from the ancient nature of what we're doing and that previously, ladies folks haven't constantly been at the table", said Koch, an electrical engineer who's seven months into an 11-month spaceflight that can be the longest by a girl, in step with CNN.

'What we´re doing now shows all the work in the decades prior from all the women that worked to get us where we are today, ' Meir added.

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US President Donald Trump spoke with the first all-female spacewalking team as they fixed a broken airlock while floating outside the International Space Station, offering congratulations for the history-making event.

Perhaps most all, this spacewalk is important for inspiring the next generation of scientists who will now see such achievements as possible or even typical.

McClain originally thought a large-size spacesuit would be fit for objective but later concluded that a medium would be safer. Due to safety issues with the fit she did not participate. Nearly two decades later, Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space, joined by a male cosmonaut in 1984. NASA aims to do that with its Artemis program, which is created to land the first woman and next man on the moon in five years.

There have been 227 spacewalkers since the first spacewalk in 1965 and all of them have included a male astronaut or cosmonaut.

Meir arrived on the space station for her first mission at the beginning of October. Her mission will be the longest ever completed by a woman.

The removal and replacement process is also not possible using the Orbiter Boom Sensor System (OBSS) arm left behind by Shuttle Endeavour after her final mission in May 2011. She was honored with the title Hero of the Soviet Union.

The astronauts were asked in an interview from space earlier this month about whether they mind having their accomplishments qualified by their gender.

  • Douglas Reid