Meir & Koch Complete Battery Swaps
At 1:33 p.m. EST, Jessica Meir and Christina Koch of NASA concluded their third spacewalk… together. Expedition 61 Flight Engineers did a six hour and 58-minute spacewalk. They completed a battery upgrade for one channel on one pair of the solar arrays of the ISS. This was the second spacewalk outside the station in 2020.
Today’s spacewalk was the third for Meir and now has spent 21 hours and 44 minutes spacewalking, and the sixth for Koch for a total of 42 hours and 15 minutes.
Koch, holds the record for longest single spaceflight by a woman and will return to Earth on Feb. 6. To prepare for human space missions to the Moon and Mars, her extended mission provides researchers an opportunity to observe effects of long-duration spaceflight on a woman. Meir arrived in Sept. 2019 and is due to return in April.