NASA Has Scheduled the First-Ever All Female Spacewalk

Bridenstine Woerner

History will be made later this month when Nasa carries out the first ever all-female spacewalk on March 29.

The US space agency Nasa said astronauts Christina Koch and Anne McClain will walk outside the International Space Station on 29 March on a mission to replace batteries installed last summer. "It is the second in a series of three planned spacewalks".

'As now scheduled, the March 29 spacewalk will be the first with only women, ' NASA spokeswoman Stephanie Schierholz told CNN.

They will be supported by Canadian Space Agency flight controller Kristen Facciol, who will be serving as console at Nasa's Johnson Space Center in Houston. "And, of course, assignments and schedules could always change".

"It was not orchestrated to be this way; these spacewalks were originally scheduled to take place in the fall", Schierholz added.

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

The all-female makeup of the team conducting the spacewalk obviously won't have any impact on the work being done, as all NASA astronauts are held to the exact same standards and are equally qualified to handle any scenario whether they're men or women. 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. McClain is on the ISS right now, while Koch will head to space on March 14 to prepare for the mission.

McClain, Koch and Hague are all members of NASA's 2013 astronaut class, which was 50 percent women. NASA says spacewalks are conducted for repairs, testing equipment and conducting experiments.

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.

For 39-year-old McClain, the expedition will be her first time in space, although she has been broadcasting to social media from her position on the ISS for Expedition 58.



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