At the Mission Control Center of the US Space Agency (NASA) in Houston, Texas, 27-year-old Rihab Sadik is Biomedical Flight Controller and Medical Operations Data Specialist. As part of her duties, she is responsible for monitoring the vital indicators of astronauts and ensuring that they maintain a healthy pace of activity.
Born in Casablanca in 1992, Rihab left Morocco at the age of 9 to settle with her parents in the United States where she continued her studies until obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University. Rutgers, New Brunswick, New Jersey, before being recruited in November 2016 in his current position by KBRwyle, a NASA subcontractor.
The spacewalk this Friday was initially planned to be 100% female for the first time in history, but NASA finally opted for a mixed team. The expedition was thus made by astronauts Christina Koch and Nick Hague, instead of Koch and Anne McClain, who are the two women currently aboard the ISS, with four me. The two astronauts were to replace the batteries outside the International Space Station as part of a major upgrade to the solar power grid.
Koch, the 14th woman on a spacewalk, arrived at the space station two weeks ago with Hague. Anne McClain, who became the 13th spacewalker last week, has been on board since December.