20Oct2019

The First All-Female Spacewalk is a Success!

Jessica Meir and Christina Koch just wrapped up the first all-female spacewalk in history. Of course, this should have happened earlier this year, but there weren’t enough properly-sized spacesuits on board the Space Station.

Christina Koch and Jessica Meir

It looks like everything is going great up there in orbit. This week is memorable for spacewalks in another way too. For a sadder reason. The first person to ever perform this feat was cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, stepping out of his space capsule in 1965, and demonstrating that humans can really work in the harsh environment of space. Sadly, Leonov passed away this week, at the age of 85.

Congratulations to Meir and Koch! I’m sure Leonov would be pleased to see how routine spacewalking has become.

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