NC State alum taking part in first-ever female spacewalk

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(WTNH/WNCN) β€” Friday marks a historic moment in space travel as two female astronauts will venture on a space station mission.

Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will blast-off on Friday morning in an effort to install new batteries and replace a faulty power unit at the International Space Center.

Koch is a graduate of North Carolina State University and is the first from the school to ever go to space.

According to NASA:

The battery charge/discharge units regulate the amount of charge put into the batteries that collect energy from the station’s solar arrays to power station systems during periods when the complex orbits during nighttime passes around the Earth. Two other charge/discharge units on the affected 2B power channel did activate as planned and are providing power to station systems.”

NASA

NASA has 38 active astronauts, only 12 are female.

Space walk coverage will be live streamed starting at 6:30 a.m. Friday on NASA’s YouTube channel here.

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