NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, after a successful repair mission, were the first female astronauts to participate in an all-female spacewalk. The women successfully completed the task assigned of fixing a broken power controller that supplemented its solar network, in what was more than a seven-hour mission that took place outside of the International Space Station.
The first female spacewalker, an American, Kathy Sullivan, carried out her own mission 35 years ago and was delighted by today’s milestone. A NASA spokesperson said, “Our achievements provide inspiration to students around the world, proving that hard work can lead you to great heights, and all students should be able to see themselves in those achievements.’ Even NASA tweeted about the same and wrote, “Another milestone in human space exploration is officially complete!”
The mission required them to replace a faulty battery charge/discharge unit that had earlier failed to activate earlier this month when new lithium-ion batteries were installed on the station’s exterior. The faulty battery charge/discharge unit will be sent back to earth for inspection.
NASA faced a setback in March after the all-women walk was postponed because there weren’t enough spacesuits of the right size available on the station. NASA also received heavy criticism for the same. On Tuesday Nasa unveiled their latest spacesuit prototype that could be worn by the next crew, which is expected to include a woman to land on the moon. The new suite is designed to give a customised fit to the astronaut, whatever their shape or size may be.