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

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NASA spokeswoman Stephanie Schierholz confirmed that the upcoming walk will be "the first with only women", but added that "it was not orchestrated to be this way".

"I just found out that I'll be on console providing support for the FIRST ALL FEMALE SPACEWALK with @AstroAnnimal and @Astro_Christina and I cannot contain my excitement!" Later that year, NASA astronaut Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space.

As part of Expedition 59, NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will carry out the spacewalk on March 29. Anne also will join Nick Hague for the March 22 spacewalk. This will be part of Expedition 59 Crew planned out by the International Space Station (ISS). "And, of course, assignments and schedules could always change".

Now, with Canadian aerospace engineer Kristen Faccio operating as the crew's ground support from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, the historic mission will be an appropriate milestone for female trailblazers during the month of March: Women's History Month. "In addition to the two female spacewalkers, the Lead Flight Director is Mary Lawrence, and Jackie Kagey (also a woman), is the lead EVA (spacewalk) flight controller". This will be a true reality and a big achievement in the history of NASA to have a complete unmanned team to undertake their project.

A spacewalk looks like something from your favourite sci-fi film, and for the first time ever one will take place with a team exclusively made up of female astronauts.

Koch is a member of Expedition 59, while McClain is now part of the three-person crew of the International Space Station. It is not yet clear what tasks McClain and Koch will be performing during their spacewalk, which is expected to last around seven hours, according to Frazier. NASA says spacewalks are conducted for repairs, testing equipment and conducting experiments. McClain, a graduate of West Point, is an OH-58 helicopter pilot and graduate of U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at Naval Air Station, Patuxent River.

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