The U.S. Astronaut Christina cook and Jessica Meir repair in a historic foreign use of a broken power knob. On a Routine assignment in outer space. But the crew of the ISS provides on Friday for special headlines: It is the first Time that two women together are divided for a outside use in space.

the US space Agency Nasa announced, the women use a world sensation. Women to fly into space, has long been nothing New. But in the outside, there is not enough missions so far, with the equality: More than 200 men were already off for this Work from the ISS. However, only around a dozen women, always followed them in the company of a colleague. Cooking and Meir a break now as the first women Duo in this male domain. What took you so long?

“in All heavy work is Work, even for strong men,”

in 1963, Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova flew into space and fought in spite of the success with prejudice of their male colleagues. Women are not as strong and tough as the cosmonauts, it was called for years. The Russian astronauts Pavel Vinogradov stressed a few years ago: “The Work in All is physically hard work even for strong men”.

That was nonsense, said cooking and Meir in their preparations to your historical outdoor use. “We don’t think in our daily work, actually, about whether or not the Work of a man or a woman to be made,” said Meir.

women completed again and again easily on the outside bets. The first space rider, on a field was in 1984, Svetlana Sawizkaja from the former Soviet Union, the record, the American Peggy Whitson holds with ten walks. Once the Astronaut had failed in action, because Nasa is not sufficient space suits had in small sizes. Only months later a second attempt was scheduled.

role models for young girls are missing

The outdoor work of around 400 kilometers above the earth are there for all to extremely stressful. For hours the astronauts hang in the weightlessness, in their clunky suits in All; the life of dangerous work is also extremely sweaty. According to Nasa, a space will burn in the hours of use of significantly more than 2000 calories – a similar amount to run a marathon.

pent-up demand, especially Europe, says the scientist, Insa Thiele-Eich, trained in the framework of the private Initiative, “The astronaut” for a flight to the ISS. “A big hurdle for women in the space, particularly in Germany, the lack of role models,” she told the German press Agency.

Especially Russian space experts have complained for years about too few applications from women. Vinogradov, who worked as a commander on the ISS, called also a reason for this: “It is a serious profession that requires one, for years, the family-run shot. Not every woman wants to do that.”

Thiele-Eich, meteorologist and mother of three children, sees this only as a pretext: In the USA this is not a Problem. “In Training there, no one bats an eye when I tell that I have three children. The situation in Germany differently.”

cook wants to space travel history

respects for years to have equal numbers of men and women in their astronaut Corps. In 1983, Sally Ride was the first American woman in space, a year later, with Ann Fisher, the first mother. More than 40 other U.S.-Americans followed.

For the European space Agency (Esa) were far less room driver in use: As the last Esa astronaut, the Italian Samantha Cristoforetti on the ISS was 2014. Previously, in 2001, Claudie Haigneré, from France, has supervised many experiments on the space station, in addition, a Briton was still in space.

at The time, Christina cook wants to write next to the outdoor use in addition to female space travel-history: cooking to stay around 330 days in All. No woman before her had spent a long time without interruption in the universe. (SDA)