Two NASA astronauts set for first-ever all female spacewalk

Two NASA astronauts set for first-ever all female spacewalk

Russian cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya, who was the second female astronaut, became the first woman to walk in space in 1984 while testing a fix method.

But it's ridiculous to think that, in the almost 60-year history of sending humans to space, no two women have ever embarked on a spacewalk together-even coincidentally.

The US space agency Nasa said astronauts Christina Koch and Anne McClain will walk outside the International Space Station on 29 March on a mission to replace batteries installed last summer.

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. The objective of the spacewalk is to replace batteries that were installed last summer, per the Guardian.

According to NASA, during Spacewalks astronauts conduct science experiments as well as test new equipment in space.

Facciol is also one of the first to report the pairing in her tweet on March 1.

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Both of them were selected in 2013, and this will be McClain's and Koch's first spacewalk. "#WomenInSTEM #WomenInEngineering #WomenInSpace", Facciol wrote. Beyond the ISS and this spacewalk, the members of this class could be among the first astronauts and women to travel to Mars. The first American woman in space was astronomer Sally Ride on the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1983. The class made history as containing the highest percentage of female trainees out of any other class prior.

The expedition will comprise six crew members, including the two female astronauts who are scheduled for the spacewalk.

"It was not orchestrated to be this way; these spacewalks were originally scheduled to take place in the fall", Schierholz added. McClain and Hague are scheduled to begin work to upgrade the power system March 22, and McClain and Koch will complete the upgrades to two station power channels during a March 29 spacewalk. The teams that spacewalked were always all-male or male-female. Not just them, even the support crew consists of women. The first spacewalk was conducted by Alexei Leonov in 1965.

The walk is the first of its kind ever since a Soviet woman Svetlana Savitskaya walked on July 25, 1984 in space.

Now, young girls who dream of becoming astronauts will have more role models to look up to (both literally and figuratively).

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