A few hours ago, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration aka NASA invited us all to watch "history unfold". It is a big deal because it is a great leap for women in science and space, literally. Today, NASA is deploying its first-ever 'All Women Spacewalk' where two female astronauts will "venture into the vacuum of space to replace a failed power controller."
Astronauts Christina H Koch and Jessica Meir, who are among the six people serving on the mission for eight months now, will go on the spacewalk to help the ground teams repair one of the battery channels outside of the station, something women in space haven't experienced until today.
You’re invited to watch history unfold! Tomorrow marks the first #AllWomanSpacewalk as @Astro_Christina & @Astro_Jessica venture into the vacuum of space to replace a failed power controller. Tune in:— NASA (@NASA) October 18, 2019
📆 Friday, Oct. 18
🕟 6:30am ET
According to reports by NPR, the faulty power regulator, though, has been in operation since 2000, failed to activate after new lithium-ion batteries were installed on the space station last week. Now, the spacewalk to fix this was originally scheduled to take place more than six months ago. But, couldn't take place because NASA didn't have right-sized spacesuits available at the station at the time.
The moment Jessica took to Twitter to share her very "first spacesuit selfie", she and Christina inspired thousands of women to go beyond infinity, just like them. Here are the pictures shared by the astronaut:
In fact, you can watch them take the spacewalk live on NASA's Twitter feed! Watch the astronauts work inside the station, and soon outside as they create history. Trust us, you don't want to miss this!
LIVE NOW: Tune in to watch the first #AllWomanSpacewalk in human history! 👩🏻🚀— NASA (@NASA) October 18, 2019
Starting at approximately 7:50am ET, @Astro_Christina & @Astro_Jessica venture into the vacuum of space to replace a failed power controller. Watch: https://t.co/2SIb9YXlRh