First ever all-female spacewalk to take place this month

First ever all-female spacewalk to take place this month

Two women are set to make history by conducting the first ever all-female spacewalk - and it's just in time for Women's History Month.

Now, almost 35 years after Savitskaya's second journey, the first all-female spacewalk is planned for March 29, NASA announced on Wednesday.

NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch are scheduled to suit up and head outside the International Space Station.

It will be the second of three walks scheduled for Expedition 59's mission.

"As now scheduled, the March 29th spacewalk will be the first with only women", NASA spokeswoman Stephanie Schierholz told CNN in an emailed statement confirming the mission. She's due to take part in another spacewalk on March 22, alongside astronaut Nick Hague. "And, of course, assignments and schedules could always change".

McClain is now on the ISS as part of Expedition 58, while Koch is set to blast off on March 14 to reach the station for Expedition 59 and 60 along with Cmdr.

Earlier this month, Kristen Facciol, the lead flight controller, tweeted her excitement about supporting the first all-female spacewalk.

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Apart from her, Mary Lawrence will also serve as a vital part of the flight control group.

Both Koch and McClain were selected as members of NASA's 21st astronaut class in 2013, and finished training in 2015.

She said besides the two female spacewalkers, and the female flight controller, two other women will complete the crew.

The spacewalk could last anywhere between five to eight hours, wow!

Spacewalks are held for a number of different reasons, according to NASA, including doing work outside a spacecraft, conducting science experiments and testing new equipment. McClain, an aerospace engineer and a senior army aviator, has been on board the International Space Station since December 2018.

A spacewalk, also known as "extravehicular activity" (EVA), is a broad term that applies to any time an astronaut exits a vehicle while in space.

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