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First Native American Woman in space ventures out to her first spacewalk

NASA astronaut Nicole Mann and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Astronaut Kiochi Wakata embarked on their first spacewalk to prepare the International Space Station.
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NASA astronaut Nicole Mann and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Astronaut Kiochi Wakata embarked on their first spacewalk to complete the installation of two mounting platforms as a part of a planned solar array augmentation of the starboard side of the space station’s truss.

The first Native American woman in space traveled outside of the earth’s orbit in a spacewalk on Friday to prepare the International Space Station. 

NASA astronaut Nicole Mann and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Astronaut Kiochi Wakata embarked on their first spacewalk to complete the installation of two mounting platforms as a part of a planned solar array augmentation of the starboard side of the space station’s truss, according to NASA. 

According to NASA, the Installation is a part of a series of spacewalks to augment the International Space Station’s Power channel with the new International Space Stations Roll-Out Solar Arrays (iROSAs). 

Both astronauts will complete the installation of a mounting platform on the 1B power channel that was started in the first space walk. After completing it, the duo will begin installing a mounting platform on the 1A power channel. 

The work conducted by Mann and Wakata during this spacewalk will add to the four iROSAs previously installed by NASA. 

According to NASA, Mann will serve as extravehicular crew member 2 (EV2) and will wear an unmarked suit during the spacewalk. Wakata will serve as extravehicular crew member 1 (EV1) and will wear a suit with red stripes.