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On the 18th of October 2019, two female American Astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch made history in the NASA and Space Exploration World.
The two ladies were scheduled to do the spacewalk at 7:50 a.m. E.T. on October 18th, 2019 with the sole aim of replacing a faulty battery charge/discharge unit that failed to activate after a spacewalk on the 11the of October.
The faulty unit preventing a set of recently installed batteries from providing increased power, so it must have been replaced before continuing a series of spacewalks to install new batteries.
Christina Koch’s childhood dream was to become an astronaut, she began her academic career at North Carolina State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Physics and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering.
She also graduated from the NASA Academy program at Goddard Space Flight Center in 2001.
She has done most of her work in space science instrument development and remote scientific engineering fields, she also spent 3.5 years traveling the Arctic and Antarctic regions which she described as mentally and physically challenging.
Christina Meir on her own part is a Swedish American Israeli NASA Astronaut.
Jessica Meir recalls that it could have been the Space Shuttle missions on television she watched as a child that inspired her to become an Astronaut.
She also adds that, “It might have had something to do with the fact that the stars shone so brightly in rural Maine”.
She also holds a Master of Space Studies degree and a Ph.D. in marine biology. She’s a Brown University alum and has done some work at the Harvard Medical School as well.
Meir has been on board the ISS since September 25, 2019, and due to holding a double American and Swedish citizenship, she is also the first Swedish woman in space.
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