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NASA Will Host the First All-Female Spacewalk in History This Month

NASA Will Host the First All-Female Spacewalk in History This Month”

NASA astronaut Anne McClain tries on her spacesuit along with a little Earth plushie that arrived on the SpaceX Crew Dragon.

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.

On March 29, if all goes according to plan, astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will exit the International Space Station to conduct work outside the spacecraft-marking the first time in history that a spacewalk has been conducted by an all-female crew, reports Shaiann Frazier of NBC News.

McClain and Koch were part of the 2013 Nasa class that was 50% female.

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 I cannot contain my excitement!"

Facciol will have some company on the ground. "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".

"It was not orchestrated to be this way; these spacewalks were originally scheduled to take place in the fall", Schierholz continued. Apart from her, Sally Ride was the first American woman who flew in 1983 with the Challenger space shuttle. 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.

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

On March 29, in the last minutes of twilight before the sun rises over the United States, two NASA astronauts will embark on a history-making excursion outside the International Space Station.

It's a routine outing, and the first of three planned for this particular series, but this one is special for reasons beyond the mission itself - it's the first ever all-female spacewalk.



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