NASA is expediting the first all-female spacewalk to later this week because of a power system failure at the International Space Station. Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will now venture out on either Thursday or Friday instead of next Monday to deal with the problem. It will be the first spacewalk by only women in more than a half-century of spacewalking. NASA, astronauts Christina Koch, right, and, Jessica Meir pose for a photo on the International Space Station. NASA has moved up the first all-female spacewalk to Thursday because of a power system failure at the International Space Station. (NASA via AP) A critical battery power controller failed over the weekend, prompting the change, NASA officials said Monday. The women will replace the broken component, rather than install new batteries, which was their original job. Last week, astronauts conducted two spacewalks to replace old batteries that make up the station’s solar power network. They have three more spacewalks to go before finishing the battery work. The next one was supposed to be Wednesday, but has been postponed for now. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next NASA reveals new space suit that will stop astronauts ‘bunny… Venus was not covered in… Read full this story
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