First Native American Lady in Space Steps Out on Spacestroll
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first Native American lady in area ventured out on a spacewalk Friday to prep the International Space Station for extra photo voltaic panels.
NASA astronaut Nicole Mann emerged alongside Japan’s Koichi Wakata, lugging an tools bag. Their job was to put in assist struts and brackets for brand new photo voltaic panels launching this summer time, a part of a seamless effort by NASA to increase the area station’s energy grid.
Mann, a Marine colonel and check pilot, rocketed into orbit final fall with SpaceX, turning into the primary Native American lady in area. She is a member of the Wailacki of the Round Valley Indian Tribes in Northern California.
Wakata, Japan’s spaceflight chief with 5 missions, additionally flew up on SpaceX. He helped construct the station throughout the shuttle period.
Friday was the primary spacewalk for each.
The pair will depart the area station in one other month or so.
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