NASA's First All-Female Spacewalk Will Happen During Women's History Month

NASA's First All-Female Spacewalk Will Happen During Women's History Month

NASA's First All-Female Spacewalk Will Happen During Women's History Month

McClain is also set to conduct a spacewalk a week earlier with fellow NASA astronaut Nick Hague.

NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch are both now residents of the International Space Station, and they'll be conducting the first all-female spacewalk later this month. That means it's a happy coincidence the spacewalk is now set to occur during International Women's Month.

Koch is set to launch on March 14, as part of Expedition 59 and 60 that will launch from Russian Federation.

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According to CNN, Nasa says spacewalks are essential for conducting work outside a spacecraft, testing new equipment and fixing satellites and spacecrafts that are already in space. Apart from her, Sally Ride was the first American woman who flew in 1983 with the Challenger space shuttle.

A NASA spokeswoman told CNN Wednesday, "As now scheduled, the March 29 spacewalk will be the first with only women". Schedules and assignments for EVA missions can change, but it will be a spacewalk for the history books if all goes as planned.

The first woman to walk in space was Svetlana Savitskaya in July 1984 and since 1998, the space station has hosted 213 spacewalks, USA Today reported.

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Both astronauts were part of NASA's 2013 astronaut class and these expeditions to space are their first.

Nasa has kept the world on its toes by announcing that they have organized and will execute an All woman Space Walk on the 29th of March 2019.

The objective of the spacewalk is to upgrade batteries at the space station, which were delivered last summer. She pointed to the first African-American administrator, Charles Bolden, who said in 2016, "Being the first African American Administrator is all well and good, but I want to make sure I'm not the last".

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In addition to the two women in space, another woman, Canadian Space Agency flight controller Kristen Facciol, is expected to be on the console at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, providing support on the seven-hour spacewalk.

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