NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch posture for a picture together on the ISS.


Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir stepped outside the International Spaceport Station on Friday for the very first all-woman spacewalk. Their work formally began at 4: 38 a.m. PT. and concluded around 11: 50 a.m. PT. NASA streamed it live.

NASA extended the prepared 5.5-hour spacewalk to let the astronauts achieve some additional upkeep jobs outside the station.

This wasn’t the initial prepare for the historical spacewalk. NASA scrubbed what was expected to be the very first all-female spacewalk in March after a spacesuit sizing issue indicated the best match parts weren’t offered.

Koch was among the astronauts set up for the previous all-female spacewalk. The other was Anne McClain, who has actually given that gone back to Earth. This was Koch’s 4th spacewalk, and Meir’s very first.

This 2nd shot at an all-female spacewalk was initially set to happen Oct. 21, however NASA moved the date up so Koch and Meir might change a malfunctioning battery charge/discharge system that stopped working to work as anticipated after an Oct. 11 spacewalk to set up brand-new batteries.

The devices replacement operation went efficiently and the brand-new system seems working as anticipated.

NASA stressed that the malfunctioning battery charge/discharge system didn’t posture any threat to the station or the astronauts, however it avoided the ISS from getting an anticipated boost in power.

Area fans responded to the occasion with feeling and support on social networks.

Initially released Oct.15
Update, Oct. 18 at 7: 08 a.m. PT: Includes information about continuous spacewalk.