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Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will conduct the historic spacewalk by Becky Ferreira

A pair of astronauts are preparing to make history this week by conducting the first space walk with an all-woman team.

NASA made history Friday morning when astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir stepped outside the International Space Station to replace a faulty battery charger.

The all-female spacewalk — the first of its kind “in human history,” the agency said — began at 7:38 a.m. Eastern time as the two American astronauts set their suits to battery power mode.

Koch was first to venture out of the ISS with a red tether attached to her suit.

Meir soon followed, carrying a tool bag as she made her way out of the hatch at 7:49 a.m. The spacewalk was originally scheduled for 5½ hours, but the crews successfully completed their main task and the mission was extended to more than seven hours so the astronauts could perform some additional jobs.

The historic float outside the orbiting laboratory into the vacuum of space came several months after another all-female spacewalk was canceled because NASA did not have enough spacesuits in the right size. It’s being heralded as a huge step forward for the agency at a time when NASA continues to work to highlight the contributions of women. To read more go to the link below:

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/ne8kvd/how-to-watch-the-first-all-female-spacewalk-on-friday

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