The first female duo is set to walk in space, says Nasa
The first female duo is set to walk in space, says Nasa
NASA astronauts to team up for first all-female spacewalk
08 March, 2019, 17:11
Less than 11 percent of the more than 500 people who have been to space have been female, and spacewalk teams have either been all-male or male-female.
Anne McClain and Christina Koch, two NASA astronauts with Expedition 59, will operate the spacewalk - the name for when an astronaut gets out of a vehicle while in space - on March 29. Russian cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya, who was the second female astronaut, became the first woman to walk in space in 1984 while testing a fix method.
"As now scheduled, the March 29 spacewalk will be the first with only women", NASA spokeswoman Stephanie Schierholz told CNN in an emailed statement-the only mention of the all-female excursion.
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. Anne also will join Nick Hague for the March 22nd spacewalk. "And, of course, assignments and schedules could always change".
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.
McClain and Koch will be replacing batteries that were installed previous year, according to Gizmodo.
"I just found out that I'll be on console providing support for the FIRST ALL FEMALE SPACEWALK with @AstroAnnimal and @Astro_Christina and I cannot contain my excitement!"
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.
She has also posted many pictures from space showing her preparation for the walk.
McClain is now on the ISS as part of Expedition 58, while Koch is set to blast off on March 14 to reach the station for Expedition 59 and 60 along with Cmdr.
The NASA website shows the spacewalk will last about seven hours.
When astronauts McClain and Koch step outside the ISS on March 29, it will be just shy of 35 years since the first woman walked in space - a milestone set by cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya on July 25, 1984.
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