First all-female spacewalk is back on, says Nasa
The first spacewalk to be conducted entirely by women is scheduled for October 21, Nasa announced, nearly seven months after an all-female spacewalk was canceled because two properly fitted spacesuits were not readily available.
Christina Koch and Anne McClain, the two astronauts who were scheduled to conduct the spacewalk in
March, both needed a medium-size torso component, but only one was available.
The spacewalk did take place — it just wasn’t all-female. Koch conducted the six-hour mission with fellow astronaut Nick Hague.
McClain, whose domestic dispute sparked what is believed to be the first criminal case in space, returned to Earth in June after orbiting the planet more than 3,000 times in 204 days.
Summer Worden, McClain’s spouse, accused the astronaut of identity theft and improper access to her private financial records from space.
Koch will now set out with astronaut Jessica Meir this month on the first women-only venture outside of the International Space Station. They are set to install lithium-ion batteries to better serve the station’s power supply.
It will be the fourth of 10 spacewalks scheduled for the next three months, which might set a record pace of complex spacewalks since the space station was completed in 2011, Nasa said. “I think it’s important because A Nasa image shows astronauts
Christina Koch (right) and Jessica Meir on the International Space Station. The first all-female was cancelled seven months ago over a flap over spacesuits
of the historical nature of what we’re doing and in the past, women haven’t always been at the table,” Koch said. Koch, who arrived on the space station in March, is on her way to set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman.