NASA to conduct historic spacewalk featuring all-female team

Mindy Sparks
March 8, 2019

Women will also be performing crucial work on the ground; Mary Lawrence and Kristen Facciol are due to serve as lead flight director and lead spacewalk flight controller, respectively, supporting McClain and Koch from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Astronauts Christina Koch and Anne McClain will exit the International Space Station on March 29, 35 years after the first woman performed a spacewalk.

"It definitely resonates with women around the agency that we're at this point", Nasa's Stephanie Schierholz said.

Koch is set to launch on March 14, as part of Expedition 59 and 60 that will launch from Russian Federation.

There have been 213 spacewalks at the ISS since 1998 for the purposes of maintenance, repairs, testing of new equipment or science experiments, according to Nasa.

The U.S. space agency NASA has confirmed that it has scheduled a spacewalk by two female astronauts for the first time.


"As now scheduled, the March 29 spacewalk will be the first with only women", NASA spokeswoman Stephanie Schierholz told the news outlet. Astronauts also conduct spacewalks to fix satellites or spacecraft that are already in space, instead of having them brought back to Earth to fix.

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.

The following year, cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya walked in space for another historic first, on July 25, 1984.

A routine outing scheduled for March 29, and the first of three planned for this particular series, is special for reasons beyond the mission itself - it's the first ever all-female spacewalk. McClain has been at the International Space Station since December 2018.

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

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