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NASA news: Space Station astronaut shares out of this world selfie


The NASA astronaut took part on the weekend in a spacewalk to replace old batteries on the International Space Station (ISS). Together with NASA’s Andrew “Drew” Morgan, the astronauts ventured into the vacuum of space on Sunday, October 6. On Monday, Mrs Koch shared on Twitter a breathtaking portrait from the spacewalk.

The image was snapped by Mr Morgan who photographed his fellow astronaut at work.

The picture shows the astronaut in full spacesuit gear attached to the ISS.

Just behind the glossy dome of her helmet, is one of the space station’s 240ft-long solar arrays.

Behind the astronaut are white cloud tops covering the deep blue of our home planet.

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NASA news: Astronaut on the Space Station

NASA news: Christina Koch replacing batteries on the International Space Station (ISS)(Image: NASA/CHRISTINA KOCH/ANDREW MORGAN)

NASA news: Astronaut Andrew Morgan in space

NASA news: Astronaut Andrew Morgan took this breathtaking selfie in space(Image: NASA JOHNSON/ANDREW MORGAN)

You can also see a reflection of Mr Morgan in Mrs Koch’s helmet, as he is taking the photo.

Mrs Koch tweeted the image to her more than 113,500 Twitter followers.

She said: “The great @Space-Station battery swap series of spacewalks is underway!

“A joy and privilege working with @AstroDrewMorgan outside, @astro_luca as the lead for suits and airlock, @Astro_Jessical as robotic arm operator, and the incredible teams in Houston. 3 batteries complete, 9 to go!”

The spacewalk was assisted by ISS Commander Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Jessica Meir from NASA.

I took this photo of my awesome crewmate

Andrew Morgan, NASA astronaut

Commander Parmitano took control of the space station on October 2 from departing Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin.

Ms Meir, on the other hand, joined the space station on September 25 to bolster the ISS Expedition Crew 61 for the next six months.

After spending seven hours and one minute in space on Sunday, Mr Morgan will resume the batter replacement with Ms Meir on October 16.

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NASA news: Astronaut Christina Koch in space

NASA news: Christina Koch replacing batteries on the ISS(Image: NASA/ANDREW MORGAN)

NASA news: Astronauts working on the Space Station

NASA news: The batteries power the ISS when it enters Earth’s nightside(Image: NASA JOHNSON)

Then, Mrs Koch and Ms Meir will both perform the first all-female spacewalk on October 21.

Commander Parmitano and Dr Meir will then conclude the mission on October 25.

Before that, Mr Morgan shared one more picture of Mrs Koch replacing the batteries on the space station.

He said: “I took this photo of my awesome crewmate, @Astro_Christina, on our spacewalk to replace batteries on the @Space_Station.

“Stay tuned for several more spacewalks this month!’

NASA news: Astronaut Andrew Morgan in space

NASA news: Mr Morgan will return for another spacewalk on October 16(Image: NASA JOHNSON)

On October 31, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Skripochka will perform their own spacewalks.

The cosmonauts are tasked with the “upkeep of life support systems” and will conduct microgravity research.

NASA’s Mark Garcia said: “Skvortsov, who has been on the station since July, explored how enzymes in the human body are impacted by weightlessness.

“Skripochka researched how ultraviolet waves affect Earth’s atmosphere.”

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