2 astronauts to make history in first all-female spacewalk

The women will venture out of the International Space Station Friday.

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October 16, 2019 - 10:47 am

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(KFTK) — Two women astronauts are readying their spacesuits as the first all-female spacewalk outside of the International Space Station is set to happen this week, according to NASA.

Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir are scheduled to install new batteries on the ISS Friday. The two were scheduled to depart the ISS Monday, however, one of the orbiting lab's power controllers failed over the weekend. 

Meir is currently on her first spaceflight. Koch is on track to set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman with an anticipated total of 328 days in space.

"In the past, women haven't always been at the table, and it's wonderful to be contributing to the human space flight program at a time when all contributions are being accepted, everyone has a role, and that can lead, in turn, to an increased chance for success," Koch said in a recent interview.

Prior to knowing the final assignments, Koch and Meir discussed the possibility of going on a spacewalk together in this Oct. 4 video:

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