The first space walk involving a whole woman returns six months after the size shredder led to an unpleasant cancellation.
NASA announced on Friday that two women at the International Space Station will meet on a space launch later this month. Astronauts Christine Koch and recently arrived Jessica Meir are set to leave on October 21 to connect new, updated batteries to the solar energy system.
This will be the fourth of five battery operated spaceports. The first is Sunday; Koch will go out with Andrew Morgan.
Koch was scheduled to launch a spaceport with another female teammate in March. But NASA had to disrupt the plan just days before, since there wasn't enough time to prepare a second medium-sized space suit.
NASA IS READY TO EXPLAIN THE FIRST ALL ELECTRICAL EXPERIMENTAL PLAN: "RESPONSIBLE EVENT" But she noted that women are so integrated at all levels at NASA that they are not now inclined to dwell on gender.
"I'm sure they will sit down and think it over, as we all do. We will note all that," said McArthur.
Koch and Meir, a marine biologist who arrived at the lab in orbit last week, are both NASA Astronaut Class of 2013, the first and only equal split between men and women, and they are both making their first space flight.
Koch, an electrical engineer, has been on mission for more than 200 days on a 300-day mission the record for the longest single space flight by a woman.
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"In the past, women were not always at the table," Koch said during a television interview this morning. "And it's great to be a contributor to the human space flight program at a time when all the contributions are being taken, when everyone has a role, and this, in turn, can increase the chances of success."
Since the world's first Space Walk in 1965, only 14 women have made it, compared to 213 men, according to NASA.
Expect more women, spaceports on the horizon,
"It turns out that in the next couple of years, we have a Medium Costume Man flying," said NASA Space Station Program Manager Kirk Shireman.
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Koch will serve as a leading space scout for a Sunday trip with Morgan, her crew member in the US.
In the next few months, there are 11 cosmodroms – 10 American and one Russian. Only one – two women.
This story was originally published by The Associated Press.