She’s being praised as the oldest woman in space and to celebrate and get her name in the record books they let her space walk, too and she screwed the pooch on a job but that’s being glossed over to satisfy the PC femi-nazi brigades.
It was the eighth spacewalk of her career, the most ever performed by a woman.
Whitson and her spacewalking partner, station commander Shane Kimbrough, ventured out to complete prep work on a docking port.
But, at around 10:30 a.m., the spacewalking astronauts lost an important piece of shielding needed for the International Space Station, forcing them to carry out an impromptu patch.
The cloth bundle floated away Thursday midway through the spacewalk.
Whitson immediately reported the mishap to Mission Control, which tracked the item as it drifted away.
The shielding protects against micrometeorite debris.
It was one of four shield pieces to be installed in the hole left by a newly relocated docking port.
The bundled-up shield somehow came loose as Whitson and Shane Kimbrough worked to install micrometeorite protection over a spot left exposed when a new docking port was relocated.
Mission Control monitored the shield as it drifted away and, a couple hours later, determined it posed no risk to the 250-mile-high outpost.
It was visible in the distance as a white dot.
As Whitson and Kimbrough installed the three remaining shields, Mission Control quickly came up with a TV MacGyver-like plan for a patch.
The astronauts filled the gap using the cover that they had just removed from the relocated docking port.
The cover is made of the same material as the shielding, according to Mission Control, and just as capable of protecting against potential strikes by bits of space debris and providing thermal control.