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A new dream for all-female spacewalk duo: To walk on Moon

Oct 22, 2019 - 9:37 AM

NASA is seeking to return to the Moon by 2024. And the space agency promises when two astronauts will stride its surface, the first time humanity has done so since 1972, and at least one of them will be a woman

This undated combination photo obtained from NASA shows astronauts Christina Koch (L) and Jessica Meir. After an infamous spacesuit flub earlier this year that resulted in accusations of sexism, NASA now plans to carry out the first all-female spacewalk this week, it said on October 15, 2019. Koch and Meir will venture outside the International Space Station either October 17 or October 18 to replace a power controller unit that failed over the weekend. HO / NASA / AFP

U.S. makes history with first all-female spacewalk

Oct 18, 2019 - 8:08 PM

(UPDATED) The mission was originally planned for earlier this year but had to be aborted due to a lack of properly fitting spacesuits, leading to allegations of sexism

FIRST. This undated combination photo obtained from NASA shows astronauts Christina Koch (L) and Jessica Meir. AFP PHOTO / NASA

Russia bids farewell to first man who walked in space

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:01 PM

(UPDATED) Alexei Leonov is laid to rest at a military cemetery in Mytishchi in a ceremony that includes a gun salute and a service by a Russian Orthodox priest

FAREWELL. Russian servicemen carry the coffin of late Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov during a funeral ceremony at a military cemetery in Mytishchi, outside Moscow, on October 15, 2019. Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

First man to conduct spacewalk, Alexei Leonov, dies

Oct 11, 2019 - 7:44 PM

Russian space agency Roscosmos says it is saddened to announce the death of 'cosmonaut No 11' who was twice decorated with the country's top honor, the Hero of the Soviet Union

'SPACEWALKER.' In this file photo taken on April 11, 2017 Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaks with cosmonautics veteran Alexei Leonov during a screening of the film 'The Spacewalker' in Moscow. File photo by Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP

Russian spacewalkers take sample of mystery hole at space station

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:13 PM

Roscosmos space agency says the aim is to discover whether the 'small but dangerous' hole has been made on Earth or in space

U.S. spacewalkers to swap, check coolers 'Leaky' and 'Frosty'

May 16, 2018 - 11:11 PM

Since they operate using highly toxic ammonia, the spacewalkers must take utmost care not to get any on their suits

SPACEWALK. This NASA TV frame grab shows a pair of US astronauts as they began a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on May 16, 2018 to swap and check on two external cooling boxes, nicknamed "Leaky" and "Frosty. Handout / NASA TV / AFP

'Exhilarated' British astronaut starts first spacewalk

Jan 15, 2016 - 9:36 PM

Peake says he felt exhilarated but had no time to dwell on these emotions

Photo by AFP/NASA/Tim Peake

Astronauts complete successful spacewalk to fix station

Dec 25, 2013 - 9:53 AM

Americans Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins float outside the orbiting lab for 7 5 hours to replace an ammonia pump whose internal control valve failed

WORK DONE. This Dec 24, 2013 NASA TV still image shows astronaut Mike Hopkins (L) on the robotic arm holding a spare pump and Rick Mastracchio position a spare pump as they slide it into the truss during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS). AFP photo

NASA astronauts step out on Christmas Eve spacewalk

Dec 24, 2013 - 9:21 PM

The main task of the day is to retrieve a spare pump module from an external stowage platform and install it

Astronauts poised for second spacewalk to repair station

Dec 24, 2013 - 10:47 AM

The spacewalk is set to begin at 7:10 am 1210 GMT marking the second outing to replace an ammonia pump module whose internal control valve failed December 11

PRE-CHRISTMAS SPACEWALK. Astronaut Rick Mastracchio holds the degraded pump module while the International Space Station's robotic arm guides the module to a grapple fixture. Image courtesy NASA TV

Spacewalking astronauts make speedy ISS repairs

Dec 22, 2013 - 9:26 AM

The risky outing was called for earlier this week after a cooling valve failed on December 11 leaving NASA no other option but to replace an ammonia pump at the orbiting lab

PRE-CHRISTMAS SPACEWALK. Astronaut Rick Mastracchio holds the degraded pump module while the International Space Station's robotic arm guides the module to a grapple fixture. Image courtesy NASA TV