2 astronauts are scheduled for the 1st all-female spacewalk in history

Mindy Sparks
March 7, 2019

Astronauts Christina Koch and Ann McClain will walk outside the International Space Station (ISS) as members of Expedition 59, on a mission to replace batteries installed last summer.

She mentioned in her post that she would be part of the console and provide the necessary support for the First All Female Spacewalk Team.

They will receive ground support from flight director Mary Lawrence and Kristen Facciol of the Canadian Space Agency in Nasa's Johnson Space Center in Texas.

Male astronauts Nick Hague and David Saint-Jacques will participate in the first and third spacewalks.

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

NASA Flight Controller Kristen Facciol sparked global excitement at the beginning of this month when she tweeted her elation at being assigned to assist the spacewalk from the ground.

If all goes as scheduled, Expedition 59 astronauts Anne McClain (left) and Christina Koch (right) will lead a roughly seven-hour spacewalk to attend tasks on the orbiting lab's exterior, starting at 6:30 a.m. (ET).

McClain, Koch and Hague are all members of NASA's 2013 astronaut class, which was 50 percent women. 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.

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.

Koch is set to launch on March 14, as part of Expedition 59 and 60 that will launch from Russian Federation. Astronauts also conduct spacewalks to fix satellites or spacecraft that are already in space, instead of having them brought back to Earth to fix.

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