NASA announced on October 4 that the International Space Station’s two women astronauts will pair up for a spacewalk later this month. Christina Koch and Jessica Meir are set to venture out of the ISS on October 21 to plug in new, upgraded batteries for the solar power system. It will be the fourth of five spacewalks for battery work.
This will be the first all-female spacewalk. NASA’s deputy chief astronaut Megan McArthur told reporters the all-female spacewalk will be a milestone.
Koch and Meir are members of NASA’s Astronaut Class of 2013.
According to NASA, since the world’s first spacewalk in 1965, only 14 women have done it, compared to 213 men. There are 11 spacewalks coming up in the next few months out of which 10 will be U.S. walks and one will be a Russian walk.