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NASA To Begin First Ever All-Female Spacewalk This Month

Houston, we have history in the making.

The first ever all-female spacewalk at the International Space Station is scheduled to take place on March 29, the tail-end of Women’s History Month, NASA confirmed to multiple outlets on Wednesday, NASA confirmed on Wednesday.

The first of its kind walk will include NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch as part of Expedition 59. The women will be supported on the ground by Canadian Space Agency flight controller Kristen Facciol, who will serve as console at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston

“I just found out that I’ll be on console providing support for the FIRST ALL FEMALE SPACEWALK,” Facciol tweeted March 1.

“I can not contain my excitement!!!!”

The all-female crew was actually just a coincidence and was not planned this way, a spokesperson told The Post.

“It was not orchestrated to be this way; these spacewalks were originally scheduled to take place in the fall,” Stephanie Schierholz wrote in an email.

She said besides the two female spacewalkers, and the female flight controller, two other women will complete the crew.

“The Lead Flight Director is Mary Lawrence, and Jackie Kagey (also a woman), is the lead EVA (spacewalk) flight controller,” Schierholz said.

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The purpose of the spacewalk is to upgrade batteries at the space station, which were delivered last summer.

The March 29 spacewalk is scheduled to last for seven hours, according to NASA’s website.

The first woman to walk in space was Svetlana Savitskaya in July 1984 and since 1998, the space station has hosted 213 spacewalks, USA Today reported. The US has completed 160 while Russia has 53 under their belt, the outlet said.

Source: Nypost

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