Mark your calendars ladies, because a select few astronauts from NASA are planning to make history on the 29th of March. It has been 35 years since the first female astronaut, Svetlana Savitskaya became the first women to walk in space on July 25, 1984. Since then, many women has since made their venture into space and broken new gender records throughout the years.
Now Astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch are planning to make another female first in space. The women will enlist the help of the Expedition 59 crew at the International Space Station will conduct the first all women spacewalk. Canadian Space Agency flight controller, Kristen Facciol will serve as console at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre in Houston for the special all women spacewalk.
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There are various reasons why spacewalks are conducted. More often than not, it is to allow scientists to conduct science experiments to ascertain how space affects various things. It also allows scientists to carry out an opportunity to test various space equipments. Since 1998, a total of 213 spacewalks at space stations has been conducted. Typically, spacewalks lasts between five to eight hours.
I just found out that I’ll be on console providing support for the FIRST ALL FEMALE SPACEWALK with @AstroAnnimal and @Astro_Christina and I can not contain my excitement!!!! #WomenInSTEM #WomenInEngineering #WomenInSpace
— Kristen Facciol (@kfacciol) 1 March 2019
Facciol Tweeted about her excitement to be involved in the first all female spacewalk and she can’t wait to get to work. Currently, McClaine is already stationed in the International Space Station and is expected to go on another spacewalk before the all female spacewalk. While Koch will be entering space when the Expedition 59 and 60 crew take off on the 14th of March.