The second spacewalk in history to be conducted entirely by female astronauts got underway at the International space platform on Wednesday morning.
NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch are scheduled to exchange batteries on solar arrays on the surface of the International space platform during the primary spacewalk of 2020.
They are equivalent astronauts who made history after successfully completing the very first all-female spacewalk in October. That came months after a planned spacewalk with an all-women crew had to be canceled in March due to a scarcity of suitable spacesuits.
NASA said that Meir and Koch would be replacing nickel-hydrogen batteries with new lithium-ion batteries that store power generated by the solar arrays on the ISS’s port truss. they’re scheduled to conduct a second spacewalk on Monday to end the battery replacement.
These are going to be the second and third spacewalks for Meir and therefore the fifth and sixth for Koch. If the battery replacement work goes as planned, NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan and space platform Commander Luca Parmitano from the ECU Space Agency will exit the station January 25, to end installing the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer’s (AMS) new cooling apparatus and features begun in November and December, and verify they’re ready to be used.
The spectrometer is checking out substance and antimatter within the universe.NASA said Wednesday’s spacewalk is that the 225th conducted at the International space platform.