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Huntsville Space Camp alum to be part of first all-female spacewalk

Credit: WAAY ABC Huntsville, AL
Published on October 18, 2019 -
Huntsville Space Camp alum to be part of first all-female spacewalk
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Huntsville Space Camp alum to be part of first all-female spacewalk

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We are just over 12 hours away from the first all-female space walk!

The world will be watching astronauts christina koch and jessica meir tomorrow, as they make repairs to the international space station.

Waay 31s alex torres perez shows us how one of them has huntsville to thank for her career.

At around 7 tomorrow morning, 2 women will make history when they put on their space suits and venture out into space from the international space station.

Now here at the rocket center, they're excited to see one of their own space camp alum make history.

Koch "space camp for me was where i found out i wasn't the only one dreaming of being part of the space program."

That was astronaut christina koch back in the summer, when she was inducted into the space camp hall of fame.

She graduated from space camp 5 times as a teen.

And the space and rocket center says it's exciting to see her achievements.

Pat "we've been doing this since 1982.

It's a program of enormous success, and one we feel really changes lives and we are proud to do here in huntsville."

Pat "for some of them, it comes all the way full circle and they actually become the people that get to go to space like christina."

While talking to visitors from her post at the i-s-s... koch talked about leading the way for future generations.

Koch "to me being inducted into the space camp hall of fame is a privilege.

Meaning i may have the honor of showing campers or tourists who visit that absolutely anything is possible."

On friday, she'll add another achievement to the list when she and astronaut jessica meir go on the first all female space walk.

They'll be watching at the space and rocket center, knowing a space camp graduate is behind it.

Pat "we encourage children to just embrace their passion.

They know you don't go to college and major in astronaut.

You go and you explore your passion and whatever it is you're good at, and that's what christina did."

Koch "i hope they will see we have something in common, the same dream to explore that i had when i was wearing that same space camp t-shirt."

Ll: koch's historic run does not end here though.if everything goes according to plan, she would have spend the longest continuous time in space by a woman.

Reporting in hsv atp waay 31 news.

Koch is the fifth space camp alum to fly in space.

And listen to this!

All the space camp grads who've gone into space - are women!

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