SPACE (WNCN) — A member of the Wolfpack has gone somewhere no one from N.C. State has ever been before — on a spacewalk.
As of 8 a.m., astronaut Christina Koch (pronounced Cook) is in space for her first-ever spacewalk.
Koch, along with astronaut Nick Hague, as of 1 p.m., are upgrading batteries attached to the International Space Station (ISS).
Koch was scheduled to go on the first all-female spacewalk earlier this week, but it had to be canceled due to an issue with the sizing of the space suits.
While there has been a lot of debate about the space suit Koch will wear, her former professor says safety should always be the first priority in space.
“Basically the suit is a whole little spacecraft on its own. Everything has to work right. You have to be out there exerting yourself for a long time,” said Dr. Stephen Reynolds.
The spacewalk began around 8 a.m. and will last between six and seven hours.