Astronaut Christina Koch already has multiple spacewalks on her resume.
We’re going to give this another try. NASA wisely scrubbed what was supposed to be the first all-female spacewalk in March after a spacesuit sizing problem meant the right suits weren’t available for the endeavor. Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will now get a chance to make history as early as Thursday.
Koch and Meir are scheduled to step outside the International Space Station at 4:50 a.m. PT on Oct. 17, but there’s a chance the spacewalk may get pushed to Friday.
The space agency will broadcast the spacewalk on NASA TV with coverage starting at 3:30 a.m. PT.
Koch was one of the astronauts scheduled for the original all-female spacewalk. The other was Anne McClain, who has since returned to Earth. This will be Koch’s fourth spacewalk and Meir’s first.
This week’s event will be a departure from a previously scheduled series of expeditions to replace old batteries outside the ISS with newer technology. Those spacewalks will happen at a later time.
This first all-female spacewalk was originally set to take place on Oct.