Space News Conference to Review First All-Woman Spacewalk

15 Décembre, 2019, 10:12 | Auteur: Therese Cote
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The BCDUs regulate the amount of charge put into the batteries that collect energy from the stations solar arrays to power station systems. The hatch thermal cover is open.

"Everyone ought to be sending some positive vibes by way of airwaves to space for these two top-notch spacewalkers", Dyson said early in the spacewalk. "However, the faulty power unit does prevent a set of batteries installed earlier this month from providing increased station power". The two are close friends, making today's spacewalk that much more meaningful. "You are very courageous, brilliant women", he told them as they carried out the spacewalk.

Ms Koch, an electrical engineer, and Dr Meir, who has a doctorate in marine biology, stepped outside in their Nasa spacesuits at 11:38 GMT (07:38 EDT) on Friday. Her mission will be the longest ever completed by a woman. NASA has to prioritize crew safety and efficiency over "firsts" that wouldn't ultimately change the work being done, and in this particular case, the last-second spacesuit preference change made it impossible for both women to be safe and comfortable during the work. Her almost yearlong mission will be the longest single spaceflight undertaken by a woman.

"It" s wonderful to be contributing to the space program at a time when all contributions are being accepted when everyone has a role.

The spacewalk was the first for Meir, who is the 15th woman - all but one American - to walk in space. The first was Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya. A crater on the Moon is named after Tereshkova who now sits as a member of Russia's parliament, the Duma.

NASA selected Shannon Lucid, Margaret Seddon, Kathryn Sullivan, Judith Resnik, Anna Fisher, and Sally Ride as their first female astronaut candidates in January 1978. Many hailed that historic milestone while also regretting that it took so long into the Space Age for it to take place.

Meir arrived on the space station for her first mission at the beginning of October. "This is a first step, because we" re going to the moon, and then we're going to Mars". She died from pancreatic cancer in 2012. "This is just the first time that there have been two women outside at the same time, and it's really interesting for us". Yeah, it did not go down well back on Earth.

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Kalpana means "creativity" or "imagination" in Sanskrit.

Two Nasa astronauts have embarked on the first all-female space walk in a historic first. She and Meir are part of a six-person Expedition 61 crew living on the International Space Station right now.

"This is the first time for a woman outside of the space station", Trump, who appeared to be reading from a script, said on the phone call. NASA canceled it abruptly when it became clear there were not enough spacesuits in the appropriate size.

McClain returned to Earth in June. Meir has been at the ISS since September.

NASA leaders, Girl Scouts and others also cheered Koch and Meir on.

The current task was announced Monday and is part of a wider mission of replacing aging nickel-hydrogen batteries with higher capacity lithium-ion units.

Trump, flanked by his daughter Ivanka Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, twice referred to Friday's spacewalk as the first by a woman, but in fact it is the first by an all-female spacewalking team.


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