Women’s History Month: First all-female spacewalk

Abiding by Women’s History Month, two women astronauts from NASA are set to conduct the first ever all-female spacewalk, according to NASA.

Two women astronauts, 39 year-old Anne McClain and 40 year-old Christina Koch will perform a spacewalk at the International Space Station for the first time in history on March 29th, with the support of Canadian Space Agency flight controller Kristen Facciol from the ground.

In addition to two space walkers and the flight controller, Mary Lawrence will take the helm as lead flight director and Jackie Kagey will be the lead flight controller, NASA confirmed.

The walk marks 35 years since Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to fly to space twice, and the first woman to perform a spacewalk in 1984 while Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to go into space in 1963.

Since then, 59 different women have flown to space as of 2017, including cosmonauts, astronauts, payload specialists and foreign national, according to NASA.

McClain and Koch were both in NASA’s 2013 astronaut class.

The mission will last for about 7 hours and it will reportedly be live-streamed on NASA’s website at 6:30AM, Eastern Time, said NASA.

It will be McClain’s first time in space, and Koch’s first spaceflight.


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