With the issue resolved, NASA intends to undertake the first historic all-female spacewalk on October 21, when Christina Koch will float out of the airlock once more, this time accompanied by Jessica Meir, who is now undertaking her first tour aboard the ISS.
The first all-female spacewalk is back on, six months after a-sizing flap to an embarrassing cancellation.
On October 11, Mr Morgan and Ms Koch are scheduled to venture outside again for another spacewalk to continue the battery replacements on the first of the two power channels for the station's far port truss, NASA said. The first is Sunday; Koch will go out with Andrew Morgan.
The astronauts were able to get a bit ahead for the next spacewalk have received approval to remove an additional nickel-hydrogen battery. The second medium was put together on board in June.
During an interview on NASA TV, Koch and McClain were asked how they felt about their accomplishments being qualified by their gender.
"There are a lot of people that derive motivation from inspiring stores from people that look like them and I think it's an important aspect of the story to tell", she said.
Koch's mission will surpass that of Peggy Whitson, who spent 288 consecutive days in space, and end up just shy of the longest single spaceflight by a NASA astronaut: 340 days, set by Scott Kelly. In addition to her first spacewalk with Koch, she will also conduct a spacewalk with European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano.
NASA might be setting a new record for the agency but it will also achieve a new milestone on October 21.
NASA faced swift backlash from people who viewed the spacewalk cancellation as yet another sign of women being held back on the job. "And it's wonderful to be contributing to the human spaceflight program, when everyone has a role, and that can lead, in turn, to increased chance for success".
Then five more US-Italian spacewalks will be conducted in November and December to fix a key science instrument. According to NASA one lithium-ion battery will take the spot of every two nickel-hydrogen batteries now aboard the station.