Tuesday, 22 October 2019

NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir snap space-selfies that are out-of-this-world while fixing a battery on the ISS

NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir have shared a gallery of selfies that are out of this world.
The pair snapped 'space-selfies' while changing a failed battery charge-discharge unit on the exterior of the International Space Station.
Koch and Meir spent a total of seven hours and 17 minutes outside of the craft, which will also go down in history as the first all-woman spacewalk in history. 

NASA astronauts Christina Koch (pictured) and Jessica Meir have shared a gallery of selfies that are out-of-this-world. The pair snapped ‘space-selfies’ while changing a failed battery charge-discharge unit on the International Space Station with a spare
NASA astronauts Christina Koch (pictured) and Jessica Meir have shared a gallery of selfies that are out-of-this-world. The pair snapped 'space-selfies' while changing a failed battery charge-discharge unit on the International Space Station with a spare
On Friday, October 18th, Koch and Meir ventured outside of the International Space Station (ISS) at 07:38am ET (12:38pm BST) to begin the first all-female spacewalk ever.
The pair moved to the space station's P6 truss at the far end to begin work, where they replaced a failed power controller.   
NASA live-streamed spacewalk, as it was a landmark moment for female astronauts and scientists. 
On Friday, October 18th, Koch and Meir (pictured) ventured outside of the International Space Station (ISS) at 07:38am ET (12:38pm BST) to begin the first all-female spacewalk ever. The selfies show the pair fixing parts of the ISS and floating weightless in space
On Friday, October 18th, Koch and Meir (pictured) ventured outside of the International Space Station (ISS) at 07:38am ET (12:38pm BST) to begin the first all-female spacewalk ever. The selfies show the pair fixing parts of the ISS and floating weightless in space
The pair moved to the space station's P6 truss at the far end to begin work, where they replaced a failed power controller. NASA live-streamed spacewalk, as it was a landmark moment for female astronauts and scientists. Pictured is Christina Koch fixing parts of the ISS
The pair moved to the space station's P6 truss at the far end to begin work, where they replaced a failed power controller. NASA live-streamed spacewalk, as it was a landmark moment for female astronauts and scientists. Pictured is Christina Koch fixing parts of the ISS
This failure has not significantly impacted the crew or its mission but needs to be repaired nonetheless.
According to NASA, BCDUs regulate the charge for batteries that draw energy from the station's solar collectors to provide power as the station orbits at night.
Koch, who is also set to complete the longest single spaceflight by a woman as she remains in orbit until February 2020, said gender milestones like the spacewalk were especially significant. 
'There are a lot of people who derive motivation from inspiring stories from people who look like them, and I think that it´s an important aspect of the story to tell,' she told a NASA briefing in Houston this month.
Koch (pictured) conducted her fourth spacewalk on Friday, October 18 where she and her colleague, Meir, fixed a battery on the outside of the ISS
Koch (pictured) conducted her fourth spacewalk on Friday, October 18 where she and her colleague, Meir, fixed a battery on the outside of the ISS

'What we´re doing now shows all the work in the decades prior from all the women that worked to get us where we are today,' Meir added.
Koch, who was slated for the earlier spacewalk, will be making her fourth walk and will become the 14th woman ever to walk in space.
Friday marked Meir's first spacewalk -- the ISS has seen more than 200 spacewalks since 1998.
Koch is preparing to exit the ISS for her fourth spacewalk
Koch is preparing to exit the ISS for her fourth spacewalk
This was Meir's first-ever spacewalk and she was able to do it with her longtime friend Christina Koch
This was Meir's first-ever spacewalk and she was able to do it with her longtime friend Christina Koch
The planned all-woman spacewalk in March was called off because astronaut Ann McClain needed a medium spacesuit but only a large was available.
Due to safety issues with the fit she did not participate and man took her place, making today the revised date for the landmark mission.
'We must never accept a risk that can instead be mitigated,' she said on Twitter after the event. 'Safety of the crew and execution of the mission come first.' 
NASA astronaut Jessica Meir takes an out-of-this-world 'space-selfie' of herself during her first space walk
NASA astronaut Jessica Meir takes an out-of-this-world 'space-selfie' of herself during her first space walk
October 18th marked the first time a spacewalk was completed with just female astronauts, however, it seemed not everyone was aware that women have ventured out into space before.
President Donald Trump was fact-checked from space today when he contacted the International Space Station to commend Meir and Koch for completing the all-female spacewalk outside of the craft, but mistakenly congratulated the two for being the 'first ever female spacewalkers'. 
There was a delay before anyone from the space station could speak, but Meir chimed in and made it clear that she and Koch are not the first female spacewalkers – the first female spacewalk took place in 1984 and 14 more have since followed. 
President Trump addressed Koch and Meir while sitting at a table between his daughter Ivanka Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, surrounded by NASA officials and a group of Girl Scouts at the White House.
NASA astronaut Jessica Meir prepares to exit into the vacuum of space
NASA astronaut Jessica Meir prepares to exit into the vacuum of space
Meir waves at the camera during her first spacewalk which lasted for seven hours and 33 minutes
Meir waves at the camera during her first spacewalk which lasted for seven hours and 33 minutes
'This is the first time for a woman outside of the space station,' Trump said staring into the camera.
He later added: 'You are amazing people; they're conducting the first ever female spacewalk to replace an exterior part of the space station.
US President Donald Trump (center) put in a congratulatory call to astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch, but mistakenly noted that this was the first time a female has ever ventured outside of the craft
US President Donald Trump (center) put in a congratulatory call to astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch, but mistakenly noted that this was the first time a female has ever ventured outside of the craft

'They're doing some work, and they're doing it in a very high altitude — an altitude that very few people will ever see.' 
Meir can then be heard correcting the president, explaining that today marked the first time there has been two women outside at the same time.
'We don't want to take too much credit because there have been many other female spacewalkers before,' she said.
Jessica Meir (left) and Christina Koch (right) have made it safely back inside of the International Space Station after fixing exterior parts of the craft
Jessica Meir (left) and Christina Koch (right) have made it safely back inside of the International Space Station after fixing exterior parts of the craft
Meir (pictured) chimed in to clarify that there has been 'many other female spacewalkers before' – the first woman to spacewalk took place in 1984 and 14 more have since followed
Her and Koch (pictured) participated in the first ever all-female spacewalk
Meir (right) chimed in to clarify that there has been 'many other female spacewalkers before' – the first woman to spacewalk took place in 1984 and 14 more have since followed. Her and Koch (left) participated in the first ever all-female spacewalk
'This is the first time that there's been two women outside at the same time.'
The first woman to complete a spacewalk was Russian astronaut Svetlana Yevgenyevna Savitskaya in 1984 – a total of 15 women have ever spacewalked, including Meir and Koch.
Regardless of the blunder, Koch and Meir will still go in history books for the first all-female spacewalk. 
An all-woman spacewalk had been planned for March but one of the astronauts was replaced by a man because her space suit didn't fit.  
An all-woman spacewalk had been planned for March but one of the astronauts was replaced by a man because her space suit didn't fit. However, Meir (left) and Koch (right) were able to complete the spacewalk and make history
An all-woman spacewalk had been planned for March but one of the astronauts was replaced by a man because her space suit didn't fit. However, Meir (left) and Koch (right) were able to complete the spacewalk and make history
The first American female spacewalker, who carried out her own mission 35 years ago, Kathy Sullivan, said she was delighted by today's milestone.  
ANASA 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.'  
Koch can be seen during today's space walk with a red band around her space suit leg
Koch can be seen during today's space walk with a red band around her space suit leg
NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir exiting the International Space Station
NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir exiting the International Space Station
Jessica Meir's helmet cam as she moved along the ISS to the work station
Jessica Meir's helmet cam as she moved along the ISS to the work station
NASA, astronauts Christina Koch, right, and, Jessica Meir pose for a photo on the International Space Station
NASA, astronauts Christina Koch, right, and, Jessica Meir pose for a photo on the International Space Station
NASA makes history as two women astronauts embark on the first ever all-female spacewalk from the ISS
NASA makes history as two women astronauts embark on the first ever all-female spacewalk from the ISS
The pair exited the International Space Station at 07:38am ET (12:38pm BST)
The pair exited the International Space Station at 07:38am ET (12:38pm BST)
The planned all-woman spacewalk in March was called off because astronaut Ann McClain needed a medium spacesuit but only a large was available. 
Due to safety issues with the fit she did not participate and man took her place, making today the revised date for the landmark mission.
'We must never accept a risk that can instead be mitigated,' she said on Twitter after the event. 'Safety of the crew and execution of the mission come first.'
Watchers took to Twitter to share their delight at the first all-female space walk in history taking place
Watchers took to Twitter to share their delight at the first all-female space walk in history taking place 
At the time the cancellation drew widespread criticism, including from former U.S. First Lady Hillary Clinton and global activism group March for Science.
Woman completing spacewalks date back to July, 1984 when Russian cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first to do so. 
Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov – who died just last week – conducted history's first spacewalk in 1965, four years before the US put men on the moon for the first time.
Others jokingly asked whether the women would be paid the same for the walk
Others jokingly asked whether the women would be paid the same for the walk
Christina H. Koch, left, and Meir greeted each other after Meir's arrival on the International Space Station last month
Christina H. Koch, left, and Meir greeted each other after Meir's arrival on the International Space Station last month

While today's event was a long time coming, NASA said it was not planned.
'It is something that was bound to happen eventually, and the increase in female astronauts in space for the past year is providing another window of opportunity,' a spokeswoman said.
'Fifty percent of the 2013 astronaut candidate class are women,' she noted, 'and of the 11 members of 2017 astronaut candidate class still in training, five are women.'
NASA astronauts Christina Koch (L) and Jessica Meir (R) in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, September 2019
NASA astronauts Christina Koch (L) and Jessica Meir (R) in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, September 2019
This photo provided by NASA shows astronauts Andrew Morgan with Christina Koch and Jessica Meir at the International Space Station on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019
This photo provided by NASA shows astronauts Andrew Morgan with Christina Koch and Jessica Meir at the International Space Station on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019

VALENTINA TERESHKOVA: THE FIRST WOMAN IN SPACE

Valentina Tereshkova (aged 26)
Valentina Tereshkova (aged 26)
Valentina Tereshkova, 82, became a national heroine at the age of 26 when she made the first female solo space flight.
The former textile worker completed her groundbreaking space mission in 1963 in the spaceship Vostok VI.
Ms Tereshkova was an amateur parachutist when she was recruited into a cosmonaut programme in Moscow.
She was trained with three other women as part of Kruschev's project for the first woman in space to be from the Soviet Union.
But she was the only woman to complete the mission. She was honored with the title Hero of the Soviet Union.
During her three-day mission, she circled the Earth 48 times and set a new record for time in space by completing the most orbits in the shortest recorded time.
Her flight was a major propaganda coup for the Soviet Union.
She was later given the United Nations Gold Medal of Peace in her role as a spokesperson for the Soviet Union. 

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