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First All Women Spacewalk

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The first all-female spacewalk ended with a success, with American astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir. Leaving the Space Station to replace the element of a damaged battery, the pink walk took place 35 years later than that of the […]

First All Women Spacewalk
First All Women Spacewalk

The first all-female spacewalk ended with a success, with American astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir. Leaving the Space Station to replace the element of a damaged battery, the pink walk took place 35 years later than that of the Soviet Svetlana Savitskaya, on 25 July 1984.

The two astronauts were praised live by the president of the United States of America Donald Trump, who connected with the Space Station from the White House: “You are courageous women, brilliant, we are proud of you, you are making history,” he said. NASA also shared it on Twitter with the hashtag #AllWomanSpacewalk. The International Space Station’s Twitter profile also recalled that “Friday 18 October was a historic day”. Assisted by the crew commander Luca Parmitano, of the European Space Agency (ESA), and by the American Andrew Morgan, while from the control base came the lead voice of another NASA astronaut, Stephanie Wilson, AstroChristina and AstroJessica worked on the Port 6 lattice structure, to replace the failed power regulator with another backup one. “I am proud of my ‘Astro Sorelle.’ We trained together from our selection in 2013 and were engaged in a spacewalk that makes history!”wrote on twitter Mogan.

Initially, the all-female extravehicular activity (Eva) was planned for last March, and it should have had Christina Koch and Anne McClain as the protagonists, but a problem with spacesuits, had made her postponed her debut. The bust of the suit destined for the McClain, which in the meantime returned to the ground last June 25th, was not the right size for her, and NASA had to cancel the exit. Then rescheduled for October 21, the pink walk was brought forward to October 18 due to the failure that occurred last weekend.

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 Kathy Sullivan was the first American woman to walk in space on October 11, 1984, shortly after the Russian Savitskaya. The first female spacewalk “is a sign of the constantly growing number of women among astronauts.” Until recently, women were considered a novelty in a crew or spacewalk, but now, things have changed.

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