NASA brings forward all-female spacewalk Oct 16, 2019 0 133 12345 DPAWashingtonAn all-female spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS) will take place this week rather than next, NASA said on Tuesday.Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will venture outside the orbiting laboratory to replace a power controller that failed during the weekend, the US space agency said.The spacewalk, the first by two women, is planned for Thursday or Friday.Managers of the ISS decided to bring forward the all-female spacewalk so the women can replace the faulty power unit. The decision means other spacewalks slated to take place this week and next to replace batteries have been postponed.The failed unit has no impact on the crew’s safety or ongoing experiments, but does prevent a new lithium-ion battery installed earlier this month from providing additional power, NASA said in a blog post.Though the lithium-ion batteries are not yet fully functional, the station’s overall power supply, fed by four sets of batteries and solar arrays, remains sufficient for all operations, NASA said in the blog post.NASA originally scheduled the first all-female spacewalk for late March but had to cancel it because of a lack of spacesuits in the right size. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Pakistan PM Khan welcomes UK’s royal couple William and Kate Oct 16, 2019 0 61 Biden, impeachment in spotlight for crowded Democratic debate Oct 16, 2019 0 78 Rajapakse vows to scrap Sri Lanka war crimes probe if elected Oct 16, 2019 0 12 US, Taliban peace talks to resume within weeks, says source Kabul: Peace talks between the United States and Taliban that were cancelled by US President Donald Trump in early September will resume in weeks, sources with knowledge of the talks said on Tuesday. According to the .. India blocks SMS services in Kashmir after trucker killed AFP Srinagar Text messaging services were blocked in Indian Kashmir just hours after being restored when a truck driver was killed by suspected militants and his vehicle set ablaze, authorities said on Tuesday. .. France blocks start of EU membership talks with Albania and N Macedonia DPA Luxembourg France, backed by the Netherlands and Denmark, blocked a decision on Tuesday by EU member states to open membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia, dealing a blow to the two Western Balkan .. EU, Britain seen closing in on ‘possible’ Brexit text in time for Thursday summit AFP Brussels Britain and the EU were seen to be closing in on a detailed draft Brexit deal on Tuesday, although officials voiced scepticism it would be ready in time for a key European summit this week. The pound jumped to its .. Hunter Biden admits error in judgment but insists no wrongdoing in business Washington: Hunter Biden denied any wrongdoing in his business dealings in Ukraine and China but acknowledged he exercised poor judgment and cashed in on the fame of his last name. In an interview with ABC News, Biden said .. Sexism behind rejection of May’s Brexit deal, says former minister London: Sexism appears to have played a part in Conservative lawmakers’ rejection of former British prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal with Brussels, a former minister in May’s government said on Tuesday. Amber ..