First All-Female Spacewalk Will Take Place During Women's History Month

Olive Hawkins
March 8, 2019

Male astronauts Nick Hague and David Saint-Jacques will participate in the first and third spacewalks.

On March 29, the world will witness two Nasa Astronauts namely Christina Koch and Anne McClain undertake a spectacular spacewalk.

So it's just a coincidence that this momentous occasion transpire at the end of Women's History Month.

McClain launched to the International Space Station in December for Expedition 58 and will continue on Expedition 59's crew.

The U.S. space agency NASA has confirmed that it has scheduled a spacewalk by two female astronauts for the first time.

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

Despite scheduling the walk at the tail end of Women's History Month, NASA spokeswoman Stephanie Schierholz said that the timing and crew make-up was completely coincidental, saying, "It was not orchestrated to be this way; these spacewalks were originally scheduled to take place in the fall ..." Astronauts also conduct spacewalks to fix satellites or spacecraft that are already in space, instead of having them brought back to Earth to fix.

The first ever spacewalk was carried out by Alexei Leonov in March 1965, and the first woman to take part in a spacewalk was Russian cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya, who performed welding experiments outside the Salyut 7 space station on July 25, 1984.

Valentina Tereshkova, from the Soviet Union, was the first woman in space in 1963.

The March 29 spacewalk is scheduled to last for seven hours, according to NASA's website. She mentioned in her post that she would be part of the console and provide the necessary support for the First All Female Spacewalk Team.

Koch is a member of Expedition 59, while McClain is now part of the three-person crew of the International Space Station.

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