Jacksonville astronaut to participate in first all-female spacewalk today

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NASA photo of Christina Koch, of Jacksonville, NC

(WNCT) – Jacksonville native and NASA astronaut Christina Koch will participate in the first all-female spacewalk on Friday morning.

Koch and Jessica Meir, who are part of the Expedition 61 crew working on the International Space Station, are scheduled to perform the first all-female spacewalk to replace a power controller that failed over the weekend, according to a new post on NASA’s Blog.

NASA said, despite the power controller failure, the Expedition 61 crew is safe, and their science and maintenance operations will continue normally on the International Space Station.

Additionally, NASA said they are building a new commercial cargo vehicle for future delivery missions to the International Space Station.

NASA has 38 active astronauts, only 12 are female.

The space walk will be live streamed at 6:30 a.m. on NASA’s YouTube channel here.





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Jacksonville native Christina Koch, a NASA astronaut currently living on the International Space Station, will conduct two more spacewalks this month.

According to a NASA blog post, Koch is part of the six-member Expedition 61 crew, who will conduct spacewalks in pairs throughout October to replace batteries on the outside of the International Space Station with new lithium-ion batteries.

NASA said Koch’s first spacewalk was on October 5, and she and her fellow crewmates are scheduled to perform more spacewalks on the following schedule:

Friday: Andrew Morgan and Christina Koch
Oct. 16: Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir
Oct. 21: Christina Koch and Jessica Meir
Oct. 25: Jessica Meir and Luca Parmitano
Oct. 31: Oleg Skripochka and Alexander Skvortsov

NASA said five more spacewalks involving the Expedition 61 crew are planned in November and December, to repair the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer on the space station.

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