First All-Female Spacewalk Scheduled for March 29

First All-Female Spacewalk Scheduled for March 29

Anne also will join Nick Hague for the March 22 spacewalk.

As the only two women who are part of the Expedition 59 crew, Anne McClain and Christina Koch will perform an all-female spacewalk.

According to NASA's website, the spacewalk will last for about seven hours.

Nasa has announced that later this month it will carry out the first ever all-female space walk.

As the Canadian flight controller put it, social media has now 'exploded with excitement over women doing awesome things in space.' But, Facciol added, 'here's hoping this will be the norm one day!'

McClain has a head start: she is now on the International Space Station, of which NASA is one of five participating space agencies, as part of Expedition 58. However, the duration of this all-female spacewalk is now unknown. Typically, astronauts are responsible for making repairs and upgrades to the outside of the space station, but the details of this particular mission have not been released.

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"Our honest congrats to all earthlings who have enabled the opening of this next chapter in space exploration", McClain said during a welcoming ceremony for Crew Dragon. NASA spokeswoman Stephanie Schierholz told CNN.

McClain, Koch and Hague were selected as members of NASA's 21st astronaut class in 2013 from more than 6,100 applicants - the second-largest number of applicants NASA has received. "These spacewalks were originally scheduled to take place in the fall". "We never determine how many people of each gender we're going to take, but these were the most qualified people of the ones that we interviewed", said Janet Kavandi, NASA's director of flight crew operations at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Koch, meanwhile, has an extensive background in remote scientific field engineering and development of space science instrument.

Cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the for women to walk in space in 1984 when she worked outside the Salyut 7 space station. NASA said the spacewalk plans could change at any moment.

She pointed to the first African-American administrator, Charles Bolden, who said in 2016, "Being the first African American Administrator is all well and good, but I want to make sure I'm not the last".

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