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Posted by: thepinetree on 10/18/2019 08:26 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 10/18/2019 08:26 AM
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Female NASA Astronauts Spacewalk Outside the International Space Station on Oct. 18

Houston, TX...On the first ever all-female spacewalk, NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir are venturing outside the International Space Station this morning to replace faulty equipment on the station’s exterior. Live coverage begin at 6:30 a.m. on NASA Television and the agency’s website.


NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch prepare on the International Space Station for the first all-female spacewalk, scheduled for Oct. 18, 2019. Credits: NASA





NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and former astronaut and acting Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations Ken Bowersox will host a media teleconference at 7:15 a.m. to discuss the historical significance of the event as the agency looks forward to putting the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024.

To participate in the teleconference, media must contact Karen Northon at karen.northon@nasa.gov no later than 7 p.m. today.

The astronauts will replace a faulty battery charge/discharge unit (BCDU) that failed to activate following the Oct. 11 installation of new lithium-ion batteries on the space station’s exterior structure. The BCDUs regulate the amount of charge put into the batteries that collect energy from the station’s solar arrays to power station systems during periods when the station orbits during nighttime passes around Earth. Though the BCDU failure has not impacted station operations or crew safety, it does prevent the new batteries from providing increased station power.

Koch will be extravehicular crew member 1 (EV1) wearing the spacesuit with the red stripes, and Meir will be extravehicular crew member 2 (EV2) wearing the suit with no stripes. The spacewalk will be the 221st in support of station assembly, maintenance and upgrades and the eighth outside the station this year. This will be Koch’s fourth spacewalk and Meir’s first.

It is the first spaceflight for both women, who were selected as astronaut candidates in 2013 as part of the first class, of which 50% were women.

Meir will be the 15th woman to spacewalk, and the 14th U.S. woman. It will be the 43rd spacewalk to include a woman. Women have been performing spacewalks since 1984, when Russian cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya spacewalked in July and NASA astronaut Kathryn Sullivan conducted a spacewalked in October.

For NASA TV streaming video, schedule and downlink information, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

Learn more about International Space Station research, operations, and its crew at:

https://www.nasa.gov/station




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Re: no subject
Posted on: 2019-10-18 12:04:43   By: Anonymous
 
That is so cool! Maybe these folks will find a place/planet that's habitable and the pot people can grow their own weed! LOL!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-10-18 15:04:06   By: Anonymous
 
Cannabis people will be the only ones that can afford to leave. Haha earthers.

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    Re: haha earthers.
    Posted on: 2019-10-18 18:01:26   By: Anonymous
     
    So what are you waiting for? Good riddens!

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      Re: haha earthers.
      Posted on: 2019-10-18 20:36:06   By: Anonymous
       
      Must be hard to scissor in those big bulky spacesuits!

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        Re: haha earthers./\/\ scissor in big spacesuits
        Posted on: 2019-10-18 21:29:24   By: Anonymous
         
        What do you mean by scissors?

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          Re: haha earthers./\/\ scissor in big spacesuits
          Posted on: 2019-10-19 07:53:15   By: Anonymous
           
          You know, Scissor sisters. Think aabout it.

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            Re: haha earthers./\/\ scissor in big spacesuits/\/\ scissor sisters
            Posted on: 2019-10-21 05:46:50   By: Anonymous
             
            If you don't have anything decent to comment on, then don't say anything at all!

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Posted on: 2019-10-18 23:53:35   By: Anonymous
 
That’s a strange looking kitchen.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2019-10-19 06:40:30   By: Anonymous
     
    If it were me, when Trump called. I would have vomited in my space mask.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2019-10-19 06:43:06   By: Anonymous
       
      Also William Barr is going need to investigate this as well. Did he get his law degree at the trump university ?

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2019-10-19 08:53:17   By: Anonymous
         
        Damn, you two certainly sound like imbeciles.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-10-19 10:44:15   By: Anonymous
 
Those suits make their butts look really big.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2019-10-19 15:59:34   By: Anonymous
     
    Ground Control to Major Tom . We have the Moron on line one .

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Makes an American proud!!!
Posted on: 2019-10-20 11:59:04   By: Anonymous
 
My Mom worked her entire adult life within the Space Program. She would be bursting with pride to see the advances women have made in the industry! Back in her day, women started in the "Secretary Pool" and worked their way up. Women astronauts weren't even a consideration! But now, those barriers have been broken! Makes a girl child of the space industry so very proud!

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    Re: Makes an American proud!!!
    Posted on: 2019-10-21 21:40:53   By: Anonymous
     
    Right on! Thanks for stepping up and Kudos to you!

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