It’s been 35 years because cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya ended up being the very first lady to stroll in area when she stepped outside the Salyut 7 spaceport station. We’re now going to need to wait longer for the very first all-female spacewalk.
NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch were initially set up to take a spacewalk outside the International Spaceport Station on Friday, which would have made them the NASA revealed a modification of projects on Monday that will rather send out astronaut Nick Hague out with Koch.
Hague and Koch will continue deal with a job to update the ISS solar variety battery storage system. They will switch out old nickel-hydrogen batteries with more effective lithium-ion batteries.
” McClain found out throughout her very first spacewalk that a medium-size difficult upper torso– basically the t-shirt of the spacesuit– fits her finest,” NASA stated “Since just one medium-size upper body can be made prepared by Friday, March 29, Koch will use it.”
This spacewalk would have been a fast turn-around for McClain, who participated in her very first spacewalk this previous Friday in addition to Hague. McClain and Hague dealt with switching out batteries and setting up adapter plates.
The battery upgrades are set up to occur over a number of years as brand-new hardware gets to the ISS.
NASA TELEVISION will begin live protection beginning at 3: 30 a.m. PT Friday. The real spacewalk is anticipated to start around 5: 20 a.m. PT and will last about 6.5 hours.
McClain is still set to take another spacewalk, however this time it’s set up for April 8 in addition to Canadian Area Company astronaut David Saint-Jacques.
Initially published March 25, 9: 35 a.m.
Update, 3 p.m. PT: Includes information from NASA’s change-of-assignment statement.