First All-Female Spacewalk Scheduled for March 29

U.S. astronauts Christina Koch and Anne Mc Clain to make history during first all-female spacewalk

Koch is scheduled to launch for the station March 14 aboard a Roscosmos Soyuz spacecraft along with NASA astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin.

NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will be making the historic Expedition 59 on the International Space Station (ISS) later this month on March 29th. 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. This will be part of Expedition 59 Crew planned out by the International Space Station (ISS).

Spacewalks are somewhat rare and are usually done for reasons that include exterior work on a spacecraft or satellite, or testing new equipment. Apart from her, Sally Ride was the first American woman who flew in 1983 with the Challenger space shuttle.

Both McClain and Koch were part of the 2013 astronaut class, half of which were women, and came from the second largest number of applications NASA ever has received - more than 6,100.

"It was not orchestrated to be this way; these spacewalks were originally scheduled to take place in the fall", NASA spokesperson Kathryn Hambleton said.

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.

Canadian Space Agency flight controller Kristen Facciol dropped the news on Twitter, saying she will be on console providing support for the spacewalk.

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. 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". NASA estimated their walk will last about seven hours.

In the almost 60 years of human spaceflight, there have only been four times when expeditions included two female members trained for space walks.

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