NASA: First all-female spacewalk set for Friday

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(KMOX) — Two astronauts are readying their spacesuits as the first all-female spacewalk outside of the International Space Station is set to happen this week, according to NASA.

Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir are scheduled to install new batteries on the ISS Friday. The two were scheduled to depart the ISS Monday, however, one of the orbiting lab's power controllers failed over the weekend. 

UPDATE: First all-female spacewalk with @Astro_Christina and @Astro_Jessica now no earlier than Friday, October 18 to replace a faulty battery charge-discharge unit.

— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) October 15, 2019

Meir is currently on her first spaceflight. Koch is on track to set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman with an anticipated total of 328 days in space.

"In the past, women haven't always been at the table, and it's wonderful to be contributing to the human space flight program at a time when all contributions are being accepted, everyone has a role, and that can lead, in turn, to an increased chance for success," Koch said in a recent interview.