The next March 29 promises to enter into space history. That’s because astronauts Anne MacClain and Christina Koch of NASA are going to perform the first 100% female spacewalk . This type of operation allows astronauts to “work off their spacecraft” while in space.
The news has already been confirmed by NASA. And “bombed” on Twitter by Kristen Facciol. She is the flight controller of the Canadian Space Agency. This should provide necessary ground support. She will also be accompanied by Mary Lawrence, principal director of the flight.
By pure coincidence, this space travel happens in the International Women’s Month. Asked about this, a NASA spokesman denied that everything was orchestrated.
It was not all so orchestrated like that. These “space walks” were originally scheduled to occur in the fall. In addition to the two women in space, the Principal Flight Director is Mary Lawrence, and Jackie Kagey (also a woman), who is the chief flight commander of the EVA (spacecraft).
The first woman in space
The first woman to leave was Svetlana Savitskaya. She was a Soviet astronaut who participated in a mission on July 25, 1984. That same year, Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan of NASA became the first American to do the same thing.
So, according to The Guardian, the new fact becomes historic since, of the about 500 people who have been to space, less than 11% were women. All space walks have always been operated exclusively by men or mixed teams.
According to NASA, the first 100% female spacewalk should last about seven hours. And it will be broadcast live on NASA TV. The goal is to replace the batteries that were installed last summer. For McClain and Koch, both selected to be astronauts by 2013, this will be their first spacewalk. One of them is already aboard the International Space Station .