Dr. David Meir just sent the following message concerning the space walk scheduled for today:
When will the spacewalk start?
The astronauts will venture outside the International Space Station about 7:50 a.m. EDT Friday. The spacewalk is expected to take five to six hours.
How can I watch the spacewalk?
How can I tell which astronaut is which?
Koch will be wearing the spacesuit with the red stripes, and views from her helmet camera will have the number 18, while Meir’s spacesuit does not have stripes, and her helmet camera view will be number 11. The spacewalk will be the 221st in support of station assembly, maintenance and upgrades and the eighth outside the station this year. This will be Koch’s fourth spacewalk and Meir’s first. Meir will be the 15th woman to spacewalk, and the 14th U.S. woman. NASA astronaut Kathryn Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space in October 1984. Both Koch and Meir, selected as astronaut candidates in 2013, are on their first spaceflight. Koch will remain in space for an extended duration mission of 11 months to provide researchers the opportunity to observe effects of long-duration spaceflight on a woman to prepare for human missions to the Moon and Mars.
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