HISTORY MADE: The first all-woman spacewalk

By Angel Dorothy D. Flores

CHRISTINA KOCH & JESSICA MEIR (Image Source: NASA/Bill Stafford & Josh Valcarcel)

ON OCTOBER 18, 2019, Jessica Meir and Christina Koch performed the first all-woman spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS).  They replaced a faulty battery charge/discharge unit that failed to activate after a previous spacewalk. Despite the dangers and difficulties, these female astronauts “slayed it like a queen.”

“At the same time, we recognize that this is a historic achievement and we do, of course, want to give credit to all those that came before us,” Meir said. “There has been a long line of female scientists, explorers, and astronauts and we have followed their footsteps to get us where we are today,” she added. Just like the pioneering women who made it in space, Meir and Koch, with ineffable delight, are the footprints of the former people’s footsteps which left many historical marks.

The physical differences between men and women did not hinder what they are capable of. In a microgravity environment, the proper skills involve scrupulous movements and the ability to flex their bodies in the proper direction. “It just so happens that we have the right people doing the right job at the right time. And, in fact, this is historic because those two right people are women,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said.

Operations and milestones like this show young astronauts their capabilities. Hard work and strong courage can take humankind to unimaginable heights. Likewise, all students should strive to reach achievements like this.

“I think it is important because of the historical nature of what we are doing. In the past, women have not always been at the table. It is wonderful to be contributing to the space program at a time when everyone has a role,” Koch said.