Short Wave: Finally, An All-Female Spacewalk

NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir completed the first all-female spacewalk last week.

The historic moment came 35 years after Kathryn Sullivan became the first American woman to spacewalk. We hear from Koch, Meir, and Sullivan. Former NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan also tells us why she says this moment is long overdue. Follow Maddie on Twitter @maddie_sofia.

Kathryn Sullivan is author of the new book,¬†Handprints on Hubble: An Astronaut’s Story of Invention.

Related NPR Coverage:
For NASA’s New Suits, ‘Mobility’ Is The Watchword,” by Scott Neuman

How The First All-Female Spacewalk Could Be Foiled By A Spacesuit,” by Nell Greenfieldboyce

When It Comes to the Spacewalk, Size Matters,” by Nell Greenfieldboyce

This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez and edited by Viet Le and Geoff Brumfiel.


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