NASA: today the first spacewalk for women only
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All set for the first spacewalk carried out by women only at 1:40 pm today (see AVIONEWS). NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will venture into space to replace a component of the International Space Station (ISS) batteries.
Koch was selected in the "Group 21" of NASA astronauts in 2013. In August of the same year she began two years of basic training as an astronaut candidate, a training that included lessons on the systems and procedures of the International Space Station (ISS), ExtraVehicular Activities (EVA) simulated in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL), lessons in robotics, Russian-speaking, flight training on board the T-38 and survival exercises in various extreme environments. In 2015 it became assignable to space missions. From 2018 she began training in Russia on the "Soyuz" systems as a member of Expedition 59/60, was launched for her first mission in 2019 from the Bajkonur cosmodrome on board the "Soyuz MS-12" with the Russian cosmonaut Aleksej Ovčinin and astronaut Nasa Nick Hague.
Meir was also chosen in Group 21 in 2013 with training similar to that of her colleague. In 2016 she took part in the "Esa Caves" two-week training in the caves of the Supramonte of Sardinia. In 2018 she began a training at the "Jurij Gagarin" cosmonaut center (GCTC) in view of a future assignment. In the same year she participated in a three-day Winter preparation in the wooded areas around Moscow with Sergej Ryžikov and Soichi Noguchi while in July she played that in the water together with the cosmonaut Andrej Borisenko.
Below, the "Youtube" channel where you can follow the live event:
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