NASA astronauts set for first-ever all female spacewalk | #110548

Astronaut Anne McClain left and Astronaut Christine Koch right. NASA handout

Astronaut Anne McClain left and Astronaut Christine Koch right. NASA handout

Now, almost 35 years after Savitskaya's second journey, the first all-female spacewalk is planned for March 29, NASA announced on Wednesday. The historic feat by USA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch - with ground support from Canadian flight controller Kristen Facciol - is set for March 29. They will be supported on the ground by flight team Mary Lawrence and Kristen Facciol.

Nasa astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will follow in the footsteps of Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya, the first woman to walk in space nearly 35 years ago.

Expedition 59, which, according to Wikipedia, is scheduled to start on March 14, is the 59th journey to the International Space Station. Their arrival will return the station to "a full complement of six crew members", NASA spokeswoman Stephanie Schierholz said. It will also be one of the three scheduled spacewalks and will take about seven hours. Both the astronauts, McClain and Koch, were members of NASA's 2013 astronaut class, half of which was made up of women.

McClain, who is serving as a flight engineer for Expeditions 58 and 59, embarked on the six-month mission in December with crewmates David Saint-Jacques, of the Canadian Space Agency, and Oleg Kononenko, of Roscosmos. And for the most part, Frazier notes, "spacewalks have been. conducted by male astronauts, with the help of some female crewmembers". The findings will advance scientific knowledge of space as well as physical and biological sciences.

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McClain, is a major in the US Army and a pilot. To say an all-female spacewalking excursion is long overdue would be a gross understatement. The spokesperson said the space walks - taking place during female history month - would focus on the replacement of batteries.

"If that's a role that I can serve", she said, "it would be my honor to do that".

McClain is now aboard the ISS as a member of the Expedition 58 crew, which arrived back in December. She basically had to learn biology by doing. They are going to make history and Kristen Facciol even made the following statement on her official Twitter account: "I can not contain my excitement!".

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