NASA said that the charger for the battery on the ISS has failed. Women astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will replace the broken component. This is the official website of the organization.
Battery charger on the ISS gave the second this year a failure. Because of this, none of the three recently installed a lithium ion battery is not working fully. The charger 19.
Despite a small loss of power, according to NASA, the orbital laboratory and its six inhabitants are safe, and scientific works are on schedule.
Originally NASA planned spacewalk of female astronauts last spring, but had to cancel it due to the lack of special suits of appropriate size.
At the moment the ISS has four of the astronauts. Two of them were women.
Since the first spacewalk in 1965, was 227 people in open space, of which only 14 were women. All except Soviet woman cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, were American. Jessica Meir will make his first spacewalk and will be No. 15. For Christine Koh it will be the fourth entry