Jacksonville native part of first ever female spacewalk

A Jacksonville native is part of the first ever female spacewalk this morning.

NASA Astronaut Christina Koch from Jacksonville, who is seven months into her space flight, was joined by astronaut Jessica Meir for the first ever female spacewalk Friday after the first attempt was called-off earlier this year due to spacesuit issues.

The postponed spacewalk was originally scheduled for Monday, October 21 but had to be pushed up after a power controller on the International Space Station failed over the weekend, according to a blog post from NASA.

Students at White Oak High School in Jacksonville, where Koch went before transferring to the NC School of Science and Math in Durham, watched the historic spacewalk.

NASA said on Twitter the historic spacewalk will last about 6-1/2 hours.

The crew is safe and maintenance operations are continuing as normal on the space station.

You can live stream the spacewalk here ​starting at 6:30 am.