NASA All-Women Astronaut Team Creates History

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NASA All-Women Astronaut Team Creates History
Two NASA astronauts made history as they spent their workday spacewalking for 5.5 hours.

Christina Koch and Jessica Meir performed the first all-female spacewalk in the history of space travel.

The two astronauts ventured outside the International Space Station at about 7:50 a.m. to make an urgent repair to its power system. They concluded the spacewalk 7 hours and 17 minutes later, just before 3 p.m.

"Another milestone in human space exploration is officially complete!' said a tweet from NASA.

Originally, NASA had planned an all-female spacewalk in March. But that event — which was to have involved Koch and NASA astronaut Anne McClain — was scrapped because there weren’t enough spacesuits of the right size available on the station. NASA was criticized for not having enough uniforms for two women to participate in a spacewalk together. 

Every woman who has ever suited up for space had a male counterpart suiting up with her.

No two women have spacewalked together, making today’s event a big first for NASA — and the world.

This is the 221st spacewalk in support of the space station's maintenance and assembly. Since cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to do a spacewalk in 1984, women have participated in 42 spacewalks. Of the 15 women who have done spacewalks, 14 have been NASA astronauts.

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