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World's 1st female spacewalking team makes history

Last Updated Oct 18, 2019 at 6:29 am PDT

In this photo provided by NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir exits the International Space Station on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. The world’s first female spacewalking team is making history high above Earth. This is the first time in a half-century of spacewalking that a woman floated out without a male crewmate. Their job is to fix a broken part of the station’s solar power network.(NASA via AP)
Summary

History is being made: world's first female spacewalking team is now floating outside the International Space Station

NASA astronauts Christina Koch, Jessica Meir are fixing a broken part of the ISS' solar power network

NASA originally wanted to conduct an all-female spacewalk last spring, but did not have enough medium-size suits ready

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The world’s first female spacewalking team made history high above Earth on Friday, floating out of the International Space Station to fix a broken part of the power network.

As NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir emerged one by one, it marked the first time in a half-century of spacewalking that a woman floated out without a male crewmate.

America’s first female spacewalker from 35 years ago, Kathy Sullivan, was delighted. She said It’s good to finally have enough women in the astronaut corps and trained for spacewalking for this to happen.