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On October 18 at 7:38 EDT, NASA accomplished a feat the world has never seen before: the first all-women spacewalk. Female astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir completed a six-hour spacewalk, successfully replacing a battery charge/discharge unit on the outside of the International Space Station (ISS).
For some, the term “space weather” conjures up images of impossible rain storms and blizzards happening far outside the Earth’s atmosphere. However, space weather is a very real phenomenon that can have significant effects within the solar system, including damaging the power grids here on Earth. Understanding the effects of these solar events is critical to mitigating their impacts when they happen.
During my time as a crew member I learned that it is vital not only to be a leader when it is necessary, but also to be a good follower and to trust in each other. Living in an isolated environment also helps you learn how important of a factor communication is in terms of making a mission successful.
“I am humbled and honored to be selected as Editor-in-Chief of the JAS,” Dr. Akella said in a statement. “The journal is one of the most significant scholarly publications in the astrodynamics field, and it has been led by distinguished researchers, including our current outgoing Editor-in-Chief, Professor Kathleen Howell.”