First all-female spacewalk for NASA

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Their work officially started at 4:38 a.m. PT. and concluded around 11:50 a.m. PT.

The unit failed to reactivate after the first two of a five spacewalk sequence to replace 12 old batteries with six new and improved Lithium-ion batteries.

The first ever all-female spacewalk has kicked off at the International Space Station (ISS).

After a long pause, the astronauts finally said "hello" to the President, to which he responded: "I was starting to get anxious about you".

NASA establish the leisure battery replacements on defend to fix the field and moved up the women folks's deliberate spacewalk by three days. Wilson's voice is a familiar one for Koch and Meir.

"Your lives have been incredible, and now you're in a place that, as I said, very few people will ever get that experience".

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"We are thrilled to be speaking live with two courageous American astronauts who are making history". "You're very fearless people. I don't think I want to do that".

Meir also gave credit to "a long line of female scientists, explorers, engineers and astronauts" that made the spacewalk possible. "It's just normal", Meir said in the video. "This is just us doing our job". In the past women haven't always been at the table.

"In the end, I do think it's important, and I think it's important because of the historical nature of what we're doing". All the women that worked to get us where we are today.

"We don't even really think about it on a daily basis". The space walk is the 221st in support of station assembly, maintenance and upgrades and the eighth outside the station this year.

"Maybe they didn't like my message", the president quipped to laughter.

Astronauts on the space station, which became operational in 2000, have tallied 221 maintenance spacewalks, 43 of which included women astronauts, according to NASA.

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The astronauts exited from the space station's the Quest airlock after their spacesuits were set to battery power.

"The station's overall power supply, which is fed by four sets of batteries and solar arrays, remains sufficient for all operations", it said. Luckily, the faulty unit hasn't changed anything for the astronauts or experiments on board.

America's first female spacewalker from 35 years ago, Kathy Sullivan, is delighted.

The March spacewalk was called off because astronaut Ann McClain needed a medium spacesuit but only a large was available. In March, NASA cited spacesuit availability as the reason for scrapping the walk. "It's lovely", Koch said, while turning a bolt. This is the third spacewalk for Koch, who has already logged 20 hours and 31 minutes on spacewalks. The portable life support system (PLSS) is part of the current NASA EMU spacesuit system of parts, and there've only been around 20 in existence since they started production nearly 40 years ago. He said Meir had wanted to be an astronaut since she was in elementary school.

On June 16 1963, skilled Russian parachutist Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space, finishing 48 orbits of the earth in her space capsule Vostok 6. She is expected to make a second spacewalk later this month.

The first American woman in space was due to go on a third mission before the infamous Challenger disaster cut short her training in 1986.

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With the need to manually replace the BCDU, NASA re-evaluated US EVA-58 - which was originally the third spacewalk in the P6 battery replacement sequence.

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