The first all-female spacewalk is scheduled to occur on March 29 outside the International Space Station.
Astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will work together in spacesuits while female mission controllers on Earth provide support.
NASA said the historic first “was not orchestrated to be this way” and is a result of scheduling changes and the changing makeup of its agency.
The goal of the spacewalk is to upgrade the space station’s power system with new batteries.
NASA is about to stumble into human spaceflight history with the first-ever all-female spacewalk.
Spacewalks, formally called extravehicular activities or EVAs, are routine yet risky operations. During a spacewalk, a pair of astronauts put on bulky spacesuits, step outside the International Space Station (ISS), and work together in the unforgiving vacuum of space.
On March 29, NASA plans to have two female astronauts — Anne McClain and Christina Hammock Koch — perform a spacewalk to replace some old batteries. Meanwhile, two women on the ground in Mission Control — lead flight director Mary Lawrence and spacewalk flight controller Jackie Kagey — will lead support of the operation and guide the astronauts every step of the way.
There have been more than 210 spacewalks over the space station’s 18-year history, and two female crew members have lived aboard the ISS at the same time before. But this will be the first all-female, women-led spacewalk operation ever conducted. Plus, this one happens to be scheduled during Women’s History Month.
Kristen Facciol, a female aerospace engineer, astronaut trainer, and mission controller, will also be involved.
“I just found out that I’ll be on console providing support for the FIRST ALL FEMALE SPACEWALK with @AstroAnnimal [McClain] and @Astro_Christina [Koch],” Facciol
Source:: Business Insider