The First All-Female Spacewalk Is Happening Right Now — Watch NASA’s Live Stream

Astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch made history today as they completed the first all-female spacewalk to replace a failed power controller. NASA is hosting a live stream on their site, and celebrating “the first #AllWomanSpacewalk in human history!” (#AllWomanSpacewalk is trending on Twitter.)

In March 2019, NASA nearly had an all-female spacewalk by accident, when an aborted rocket launch shifted the astronauts’ schedules. But the spacewalk never happened: NASA discovered that they didn’t have enough spacesuits to fit both women. (In other words, they only had one spacesuit that fit their female astronauts.) The announcement of an all-female spacewalk had been met with more interest than expected, and backlash for the spacesuit fumble was swift. 7 months later, NASA solved its suit problem and prepared for a second attempt.

Meir tweeted this: “Gearing up for Friday’s spacewalk to help the ground teams repair one of the battery channels with @Astro_Christina. . . . first spacesuit selfie, check! Photos will be much more spectacular once we pass through the hatch.”

Fellow astronaut Andrew Morgan also tweeted his support: “So proud of my astrosisters @Astro_Christina and @Astro_Jessica! We’ve been training together since our selection in 2013, and now they’re out on a history-making spacewalk! #AllWomanSpacewalk.” 

NASA will be posting periodic updates and posted earlier: “At 7:38 am ET, our #AllWomanSpacewalk officially started as @Astro_Christina & @Astro_Jessica set their spacesuits to battery power, marking the beginning of their 5.5 hour excursion outside of the @Space_Station to replace a failed power controller.”

Later, they added: “Here’s how to keep track of who you’re seeing: @Astro_Christina — red stripes on spacesuit & helmet number 18. @Astro_Jessica — no stripes on spacesuit & helmet number 11.”

NASA also shared key details on a third badass female astronaut involved in the #AllWomanSpacewalk: Stephanie Wilson, who’s handling things from Mission Control.

The spacewalk is scheduled to last 5.5 hours wrapping up around 1:08 pm ET. Until then, NASA will be streaming, updating, and fans will be sending in their support (and their questions).

The spacewalk is uniting people from every corner in their support: tennis legend Billie Jean King, actress Katherine McNamara, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and many more have all marveled at the live stream on Twitter.

Congratulations to these fearless women — we hope to see many more all-female spacewalks in the future!

 

 

 

 

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