NASA set for landmark all-female spacewalk on Friday

The spacewalk, was scheduled for October 21, but was brought forward to Friday.

That changes Friday with spacewalk No. 421.

The battery charger failed after Koch and a male crewmate installed new batteries outside the space station last week. But according to, only 15 women have participated in spacewalks, and all were accompanied by men.

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The spacewalk, which is planned for either 7:50 a.m. EDT on Thursday or Friday of this week, will be made up of astronauts Christina Koch (pronounced like "cook") and Jessica Meir. Although Koch has been part of three spacewalks before this, it is a first for Meir.

NASA had previously planned a two-woman spacewalk for earlier this year, but it was canceled because it didn't have two spacesuits in the right size, The Wall Street Journal noted.

How to watch the NASA spacewalk on Friday?

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NASA said: "The pair in their United States spacesuits will venture to the far side of the station on the Port 6 truss structure". Instead, the all-female spacewalk seems to be the result of happenstance, thanks to the makeup of the crew members aboard the ISS, as well as the need to upgrade the space station's batteries to new, lithium-ion ones.

"Once there, the spacewalkers will take about five-and-a-half hours to replace the failed power regulator with a spare BCDU".

"The device regulates the charge to batteries that collect and distribute power to the station".

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Ms Meir tweeted before tomorrows event: "Gearing up for Friday's spacewalk to help the ground teams fix one of the battery channels with @Astro_Christina ... first spacesuit selfie, check!" Koch's answer, which was deemed "perfect" by Meir, is quoted here in full: "I$3 n the end, I do think it's important, and I think it's important because of the historical nature of what we're doing, and that in the past women haven't always been at the table". McClain, who returned to Earth in June after spending 204 days in space, tweeted words of support for Koch and Meir on Tuesday, calling their four-person crew "the A-team".

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