Jacksonville native, Christina Koch, goes on first spacewalk Friday

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 A member of the Wolfpack is going somewhere no one from N.C. State has ever been before —  on a spacewalk.

As of 8 a.m., astronaut Christina Koch (pronounced Cook) is in space for her first-ever spacewalk.

Koch, along with astronaut Nick Hague, will upgrade batteries attached to the International Space Station (ISS).

Koch was scheduled to go on the first all-female spacewalk earlier this week, but it had to be canceled due to an issue with the sizing of the space suits.

While there has been a lot of debate about the space suit Koch will wear, her former professor says safety should always be the first priority in space.

“Basically the suit is a whole little spacecraft on its own. Everything has to work right. You have to be out there exerting yourself for a long time,” said Dr. Stephen Reynolds.

The spacewalk began around 8 a.m. and will last between six and seven hours.

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