Two Women Created History By Being The First All-Women Team To Carry Out A Spacewalk. We Are So Proud Of Them!
If you think about it, the world really is changing. Women are rising to the top and making history and it is a beautiful thing to witness. After decades of suffering at the hands of sexist pigs, women finally have a seat at the table and in serious matters too. Women haven’t gotten their dues because for centuries it was believed that we are the inferior sex. Not anymore! For women have made their presence on earth count, but not we are killing it in space also. We are doing this by orchestrating the world’s first-ever all-female led spacewalk. This is the mark of change, a mark that will not fade. These are exciting times.
Spacewalkers @Astro_Christina and @Astro_Jessica are outside in the vacuum of space getting their tools ready to replace a failed power controller that collects and distributes solar power to station systems. #AskNASA | https://t.co/yuOTrZ4Jut pic.twitter.com/Oan4TYIoLB
— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) October 18, 2019
Two American astronauts, Christina Koch and Jessica Meir made history on Friday morning by leaving the International Space Station for a 6.5-hour spacewalk. The two NASA astronauts were scheduled to leave the ISS at 7:50 am EDT on a five to six-hour excursion to replace the power control of battery charge/discharge that failed last weekend. The mission was originally planned on 21st October but had to be preponed due to the sudden failure.
Koch, who has been in the ISS since March was the first one to float out feet first. She was followed by Meir who was carrying a tool bag. Both of them remained attached to the handrails on the exterior of the ISS. They were using harnesses and metal carabiners to avoid floating away into the abyss. Yes, we had to Google the details too but we tried to use Gravity as a reference.
This excursion is the first of its kind in the history of humanity, and I’m not even exaggerating! Previously there have been 227 spacewalks that have been carried out. Out of all of them, 213 have been done by men and only 14 involved women. Even those 14 had one male partner accompanying the woman. Anyway, before we completely digress, now do you see why this is a majorly world-changing event? And NASA streamed it live, check out the feed!
This excursion was originally planned on 29th March, but because of another ridiculous issue, it could not be carried out. They ran out of spacesuits in the correct sizes, so they had to cancel the mission. Originally, Christina Koch and Anne McClain were to carry it out but since they didn’t have the correct spacesuits, Mclain returned to earth and Meir was sent in her place. It took NASA until October to send up a spacesuit in the correct size. I guess, size does matter after all!
Talking about this mission in a recent interview, Koch had said “It’s wonderful to be contributing to the space program at a time when all contributions are being accepted, when everyone has a role. That can lead in turn to increased chance for success. There are a lot of people who derive motivation from inspiring stories of people who look like them, and I think it’s an important story to tell.” She also added that the voice of women hasn’t always been heard. We fully and completely agree with her.
This truly is a moment to savor for all of womankind and we can only wish this isn’t a one-off incident. There need to be more missions involving women and definitely a spacesuit that caters to women so they can do their job safely.