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US makes history with first all-female spacewalk

US makes history with first all-female spacewalk

Two Female Astronauts of United States of America, Christina Koch and Jessica Meir became the first all-female to carry out a spacewalk on Friday. Earlier this year, the mission was aborted following a spacesuit flub. They began their mission making standard safety checks on their suits and tethers. Interacting with the reporters, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Administrator Jim Bridenstine emphasized the symbolic importance of the mission.

He said that they wished to make space available for all and this mission was yet another milestone in that evolution. The first such mission was supposed to take place in March but was cancelled because the space agency had only one medium-sized suit, with a male-female combination performing the required task at a later date.

The US sent its first female astronaut into space in 1983 and has now had more women astronauts than any other country. But the first woman in space was Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova in 1963, followed by compatriot Svetlana Savitskaya in 1982. Svetlana Savitskaya was also the first woman spacewalker two years later.

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