Astronauts make history as first all-female spacewalk team

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October 18, 2019 - 4:12 PM

NASA astronaut Christina Koch, right, with fellow Expedition 61 Flight Engineer Jessica Meir of NASA who is inside a spacesuit for a fit check. (NASA/TNS)

SAN DIEGO — UC San Diego graduate Jessica Meir and fellow astronaut Christina Koch made history before most people woke up Friday, becoming the first all-female team of astronauts to perform a spacewalk.

Meir and Koch floated out of the International Space Station for a roughly 5.5 hour mission to repair a power unit that recently broke.

Within minutes, they set to work, attached to the exterior of space station, which is streaking around earth at a speed of 5 miles per second.

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