For the second time in history, two women went into outer space


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For the second time in history, two women went into outer space

On January 15, NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Cook went into outer space from the International Space Station (ISS) to continue work on replacing the station’s old nickel-hydrogen batteries with more powerful lithium-ion batteries. This is stated in the message of NASA.

Cook and Meir went into outer space at 14 hours 35 minutes Moscow time. The work plan for replacing batteries is about 6.5 hours. Work is carried out on the supporting segment P6 of the ISS farm, to which a pair of solar panels is attached, Interfax reports.

Some time after the start of work, Christina Cook detached a video camera and a flashlight from his helmet. Attempts to attach them back were unsuccessful, and in the end, Cook put the camera and the flashlight into a special bag.

Recall that in October last year, Christina Cook and Jessica Meir for the first time went into outer space in pairs: this was the first ever two women simultaneously went into space. According to the plan, Meir and Cook will again go into outer space on January 20 to complete all work on replacing the batteries.

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Today's spacewalk is underway! At 6:35 am ET, @Astro_Jessica and @Astro_Christina set their spacesuits to battery power, officially beginning a ~ 6.5-hour spacewalk to continue battery replacement outside @Space_Station. Watch: https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1YqKDnklkmBJV …

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Spacewalkers @Astro_Jessica and @Astro_Christina finished installing a new lithium-ion battery on the station's Port-6 truss structure replacing an older nickel-hydrogen battery. #AskNASA | https://www.nasa.gov/live

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Today's spacewalk is continuing as planned after a loose helmet camera on @Astro_Christina's spacesuit was stowed in a crew lock bag. Watch & ask questions using #AskNASA: https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1YqKDnklkmBJV …

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In December 2019, Christina Cook set a record for the duration of uninterrupted stay on the ISS among women. This happened on December 28, when her stay on board the station was 289 days. The previous record for being in space among women was 288 days. It belonged to the American Peggy Witson, which was in orbit from November 2016 to September 2017.

Christina Cook went into orbit on the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft in March 2019. It should return to Earth in February 2020, although it was initially assumed that it would spend less time in orbit. Thus, the total length of stay of Christina Cook on the ISS will be 328 days.

Taking into account today's departure for the ISS, Christina Cook, for whom this flight was the first in her career, has already made five spacewalks. For Jessica Meir, this exit was the second. Cook and Meir became the 14th and 15th women in outer space. The first on this list is the Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya, who went into outer space in 1984. Since then, only representatives of the United States went into outer space.

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