NASA Is Planning Its First All-Female Spacewalk

  • NASA Is Planning Its First All-Female Spacewalk

NASA Is Planning Its First All-Female Spacewalk

The first-ever all-female spacewalk is scheduled for March 29, featuring astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch.

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.

McClain launched to the International Space Station in December for Expedition 58 and will continue on Expedition 59's crew. According to NASA, astronauts conduct spacewalks for a number of reasons: to carry out experiments in space, to test new equipment, or to fix satellites and spacecraft. NASA celebrates the accomplishments of the many highly qualified women who fill its ranks, and a couple of them are about to perform a truly history spacewalk. It will be the second of three walks scheduled for Expedition 59's mission.

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

The first woman to walk in space was Svetlana Savitskaya in July 1984 and since 1998, the space station has hosted 213 spacewalks, USA Today reported.

Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space in 1963 - just two years after the first man. And for the most part, Frazier notes, "spacewalks have been. conducted by male astronauts, with the help of some female crewmembers".

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

They will be supported by women on the ground, including flight director Mary Lawrence and control team member Kristen Facciol.

Both were members of NASA's 2013 class of astronauts, where four of the eight members were female, and traveled to the ISS over the past year as part of expedition 58 and 59, respectively.

Spacewalks, also called extravehicular activity (EVA), usually last between five and eight hours and are conducted so that astronauts can make repairs on equipment or carry out experiments.