NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir worked for over 7 hours, out in the vacuum of endless space, to successfully complete the first-ever all-women spacewalk. The women duo successfully replaced a broken battery charger on the outskirts of the International Space Station (ISS).
Koch and Meir also received a congratulatory call from the White House post completion of the 8th spacewalk of this year. During the entirety of the spacewalk, all the four men currently at the space station coordinated with the women from inside the station.
“I think it’s important because of the historical nature of what we’re doing,” Koch said ahead of the spacewalk. “In the past, women haven’t always been at the table. 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.”
This was Meir’s debut spacewalk, while Koch’s fourth spacewalk.
Previously, as many as 14 women and 213 men have carried out spacewalks. The first woman to complete the same was the Russian cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya, who went outside the USSR’s Salyut 7 space station in 1984.