Published: Fri, March 08, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

2 astronauts are scheduled for the 1st all-female spacewalk in history

2 astronauts are scheduled for the 1st all-female spacewalk in history

Koch is scheduled to launch for the station March 14 aboard a Roscosmos Soyuz spacecraft along with NASA astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin.

Astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will embark on the historic spacewalk at the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the Expedition 59 crew.

The all-female makeup of the team conducting the spacewalk obviously won't have any impact on the work being done, as all NASA astronauts are held to the exact same standards and are equally qualified to handle any scenario whether they're men or women.

US astronaut Christina Hammock Koch, a member of the International Space Station expedition, attends her final exam at the Gagarin Cosmonauts' Training Center in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, Feb. 20, 2019. 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 is the second in a series of three planned spacewalks".

"The March 29 spacewalk will be the first with only women", NASA spokeswoman Kathryn Hambleton said, hedging that "assignments and schedules could always change".

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NASA selected its first female astronauts in 1978, and women now account for about 34% of its astronauts.

After the news became public, McClain posted a view of Earth from space to her Twitter page with the caption, "the dawn of a new era in human spaceflight".

The walk is the first of its kind ever since a Soviet woman Svetlana Savitskaya walked on July 25, 1984 in space. The spacewalk will last around seven hours, according to NASA's website.

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

Earlier this month, Kristen Facciol, the lead flight controller, tweeted her excitement about supporting the first all-female spacewalk. And for the most part, Frazier notes, "spacewalks have been. conducted by male astronauts, with the help of some female crewmembers".

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