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All-female spacewalk inspiring Capital Region women to reach for the stars

Jerry Gretzinger
Updated: October 18, 2019 08:13 PM
Created: October 18, 2019 08:13 PM

It's being called "a giant leap for womankind."

The first all-female spacewalk happened Friday outside the International Space Station.

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The astronauts, Jessica Meir and Christina Koch, were replacing a power controller outside the station.

However, here on Earth, they were providing tremendous encouragement to young women to keep reaching for the stars.

The six-hour mission was not the first time an all-female team was supposed to make history. That should have happened back in March. However, NASA only had one space suit small enough for a woman back then.

Lee Ligon of RPI's School of Science says - of the 560 people who have been in space, only 65 have been women. 

Hear more about the change she says is happening in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields, by watching the video of Jerry Gretzinger's story.


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