Prepare to be amazed as two NASA astronauts embark on a historic journey—the fourth all-female spacewalk ever conducted. Live coverage of this extraordinary event awaits you.

On November 1st, at 8:05 a.m. EDT (1205 GMT), Loral O’Hara and Jasmin Moghbeli will venture outside the International Space Station (ISS) to conduct a spacewalk lasting approximately seven hours.

Experience this awe-inspiring event by watching it live on Space.com, courtesy of NASA. Alternatively, you can access the livestream directly through the agency’s website. Coverage will begin at 6:30 a.m. EDT (1030 GMT).

Conducting Technical Tasks

O’Hara and Moghbeli have been assigned the critical mission of removing a Radio Frequency Group electronics box, which is part of a communications antenna system, according to an update from NASA officials on October 30th.

In addition, they will replace one of the 12 trundle bearing assemblies located on the station’s port solar alpha rotary joint. These bearings play a crucial role in enabling the solar arrays of the station to track the sun.

Rescheduling and Investigating a Leak

The initial date for the spacewalk was scheduled for October 20th but was delayed due to the discovery of an ammonia coolant leak on a backup radiator of Russia’s Nauka module on October 9th.

Subsequently, on October 25th, two cosmonauts conducted a spacewalk to investigate the source of the leak and perform other necessary tasks. The observations made during this activity will aid Russia’s federal space agency, Roscosmos, in identifying the cause of the leak and formulating a solution for restoring the radiator’s functionality.

Officials from NASA and Roscosmos have confirmed that Nauka’s main radiator is still operational, ensuring the safety of all astronauts aboard the ISS.

Achievements and Future Endeavors

To date, there have been only three all-woman spacewalks, all conducted by the same two NASA astronauts, Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, in 2019 and 2020.

However, NASA emphasizes that Koch, Meir, O’Hara, and Moghbeli are not isolated cases.

Each all-female spacewalk marks a significant milestone, but it is just the beginning of a future where women in space become the norm, as agency officials conveyed to Space.com via email earlier this month.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How many all-female spacewalks have there been so far?

A: To date, there have been three all-female spacewalks.

Q: Who are the astronauts participating in the upcoming all-female spacewalk?

A: Loral O’Hara and Jasmin Moghbeli will be conducting the fourth all-female spacewalk.

Q: Why was the original date for the spacewalk rescheduled?

A: The spacewalk was postponed due to the detection of an ammonia coolant leak on a backup radiator of Russia’s Nauka module.