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NASA Astronauts Make History in First All-Female Spacewalk: Watch LIVE Here

The historic moment was slated to take place months ago, but was postponed due to an issue with the size of space suits.

Shouvik Das | News18.com@distantvicinity

Updated:October 18, 2019, 6:21 PM IST
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NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir are presently underway with the first all-female spacewalk. (Image: ISS/NASA)
NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir are presently underway with the first all-female spacewalk. (Image: ISS/NASA)

NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir have made history by embarking on the first ever all-female spacewalk, conducting a service task of replacing a damaged battery outside the International Space Station. The historic moment began at 7:38AM ET (5:08PM IST), about an hour ago -- when Koch set her space suit to battery power mode and ventured out into the endless abyss, attached to the ISS with a red tether. Meir followed soon with a tool bag clutched, at 7:49AM ET (5:19PM IST).

The historic spacewalk is presently being streamed live on Twitter right now by NASA, which you can watch in the stream below:

The spacewalk is scheduled to last for approximately five-and-a-half hours, with a scheduled service task at hand. However, the moment is far more significant than the task at hand, reflecting on the immense contribution of women in space exploration. At the media briefing prior to the beginning of the spacewalk, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine announced the space agency's intention to send the first woman to the moon by 2024, in a mission that is tentatively being named Artemis -- after the mythological twin sister of Apollo.

Alongside being part of a historic first spacewalk, Koch is also scheduled to become the longest staying female resident of the ISS, with a scheduled duration of 328 days. With the latest achievements, NASA is looking to take space exploration farther along by judging the impact of life in outer space on the human body. The spacewalk is presently ongoing, and will likely last for another four hours. A final report on the spacewalk shall be issued by NASA, once Koch and Meir safely make their way back to the ISS, after completing the service task.

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