WATCH: First all-female spacewalk happening now


In this photo provided by NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir exits the International Space Station on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. The world’s first female spacewalking team is making history high above Earth. This is the first time in a half-century of spacewalking that a woman floated out without a male crewmate. Their job is to fix a broken part of the station’s solar power network.(NASA via AP)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first all-female spacewalk is happening now.

U.S. astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir stepped out around 5:50 a.m. Mountain Time Friday to replace a broken battery charger. It is the first time in 54 years of spacewalking that all the male astronauts stayed inside.

The battery charger failed after Koch and a male crewmate installed new batteries outside the station last week. NASA put the remaining battery replacements on hold to fix the problem and moved up the women’s planned spacewalk by three days.

NASA is asking schoolteachers to share photos of their students celebrating “HERstory in the making.”

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