Nasa has announced that they will be carrying out an all-female spacewalk which will be conducted on March 29. This will be the first ever all-female spacewalk in NASA’s history. The first woman to perform a spacewalk was Svetlana Savitskaya in 1984 when she conducted an extravehicular activity (EVA) outside the Soviet Union’s Salyut 7 space station.
Astronaut Christina Koch confirmed at her prelaunch press conference that she and fellow NASA astronaut Anne McClain are scheduled for an EVA from the International Space Station. This would be the first ever spacewalk with two women. pic.twitter.com/z4mxJESyC6
— Super Grover (@Super_Grover) February 27, 2019
A spacewalk is an expedition that an astronaut performs where they conduct work outside a space shuttle, such as repairs or observations. On March 29, as part of the Expedition 59 crew at the International Space Station (ISS), Nasa astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will conduct a spacewalk.
The two astronauts will be supported by an all-female team on the ground as well. Serving as part of the flight control team from NASA’s Houston station, Mary Lawrence and Kristen Facciol, Canadian Space Agency controller, will be sitting at the console at Nasa’s Johnson Space Centre.
Kristen, not able to contain her excitement, tweeted her news –
All-star team! #WomenInSpace
— Isabelle Marcil (@I_Marcil) March 2, 2019
The month of March marks Women’s History Month which is the perfect time to create history for women as well. And the spacewalk which is to be conducted this month will focus on the replacement of batteries.
March is Women’s History Month, so a question about the history of women at NASA is in order. Do you know the name of the first Hispanic woman in space? #WomensHistoryMonth #TuesdayTrivia pic.twitter.com/PrBRfY8H3A
— Johnson Space Center (@NASA_Johnson) March 5, 2019
Definitely looking forward to watching the first 'unmanned' spacewalk!
— Sara Beck (@realSaraBeck) March 2, 2019
On March 29th, @NASA #astronauts Christina Koch (@astro_Christina) & Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) are scheduled for the first all-female spacewalk in history. Read more about this incredible moment for #WomensHistoryMonth: https://t.co/AQ6kCQrh9U
— Aerospace Industries (@AIAspeaks) March 5, 2019
The first-ever all-female spacewalk is set for March 29 and will feature NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch. https://t.co/XW1k65dyC7
— Axios (@axios) March 5, 2019