19.10.19 / Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir conducted the first all-female spacewalk ever as they stepped outside the orbital outpost to repair a broken battery charger.
In what the space agency billed as “HERstory,” Koch, an electrical engineer, and Meir, a biologist, entered the “crew lock” that serves as the International Space Station’s doorway into space and switched on the battery power in their suits at 7:38 a.m. ET, signaling the official start of the spacewalk.
“As much as it’s worth celebrating the first spacewalk with an all-female team, I think many of us are looking forward to it just being normal,” veteran astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson said on NASA’s live coverage of the spacewalk.
Full story at NPR