ISS astronauts gear up for the first all-female spacewalk

James Marshall
March 8, 2019

She helped pave the way for femmes like Judith Resnik and Christa McAuliffe (who died in the 1986 Challenger explosion), as well as Kathryn Sullivan (the first American woman to walk in space) and a growing number of female explorers around the world.

As part of Expedition 59, NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will carry out the spacewalk on March 29.

The expedition is taking place 35 years after Soviet astronaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to participate in a spacewalk on July 25th, 1984.

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

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.

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). "And, of course, assignments and schedules could always change".

McClain and Koch will be replacing batteries that were installed past year, according to Gizmodo.

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

"I can not contain my excitement!" exclaimed Facciol in a tweet on Friday.

The goal of the spacewalk is to upgrade batteries at the space station, which were delivered last summer.

She has also posted many pictures from space showing her preparation for the walk.

USA astronaut Christina Hammock Koch, a member of the International Space Station expedition, attends her final exam at the Gagarin Cosmonauts' Training Center in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, Feb. 20, 2019.

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

The space agency insisted it was just a coincidence that the date coincides with the last week of Women's History Month.

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