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History's first all-female spacewalk will take place March 29

As part of Expedition 59, NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will perform the spacewalk on March 29. They will be supported on the ground by the Canadian Space Agency's Air Control Kristen Facciol, who will be on the console at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.It was Facciol himself who first tweeted the announcement on March 1 and said: "I have only found out that I will be on the console that supports FIRST ALL FEMALE SPACEWALK with @AstroAnnimal and @Astro_Christina and I cannot contain my excitement !!!! #WomenInSTEM #WomenInEngineering #WomenInSpace. "" As currently planned, the March 29 spacewalk will be the first with only women, "NASA spokeswoman Stephanie Schierholz told CNN in an e-mail statement Wednesday. "It's the second in a series of three planned spacewalks. Anne will also join Nick Hague for the March 22 spacewalk. And, of course, missions and schedules can always change.""It was not orchestrated to be like this, these spacewalks were originally planned to take place in the fall," added Schierholz. "In addition to the two female spacewalkers, Lead Flight Director Mary Lawrence and Jackie Kagey (also a woman) are leading EVA (spacewalk) flight control." The NASA site shows space travel will be about seven hours. Both McClain and Koch were part of the 201 3 astronaut class, half of which were women and came from the second largest number of applications NASA has ever received – more than 6,100. The latest class of air traffic controllers was also 50% women, NASA…

As part of Expedition 59, NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will perform the spacewalk on March 29. They will be supported on the ground by the Canadian Space Agency’s Air Control Kristen Facciol, who will be on the console at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

It was Facciol himself who first tweeted the announcement on March 1 and said: “I have only found out that I will be on the console that supports FIRST ALL FEMALE SPACEWALK with @AstroAnnimal and @Astro_Christina and I cannot contain my excitement !!!! #WomenInSTEM #WomenInEngineering #WomenInSpace. “

” As currently planned, the March 29 spacewalk will be the first with only women, “NASA spokeswoman Stephanie Schierholz told CNN in an e-mail statement Wednesday. “It’s the second in a series of three planned spacewalks. Anne will also join Nick Hague for the March 22 spacewalk. And, of course, missions and schedules can always change.”

“It was not orchestrated to be like this, these spacewalks were originally planned to take place in the fall,” added Schierholz. “In addition to the two female spacewalkers, Lead Flight Director Mary Lawrence and Jackie Kagey (also a woman) are leading EVA (spacewalk) flight control.”

The NASA site shows space travel will be about seven hours.

Both McClain and Koch were part of the 201

3 astronaut class, half of which were women and came from the second largest number of applications NASA has ever received – more than 6,100. The latest class of air traffic controllers was also 50% women, NASA said.

McClain is currently on the ISS as part of Expedition 58, while Koch will blast on March 14 to reach the Expedition 59 and 60 stations along with Cmdr. Alexey Ovchinin and flight engineer Nick The Hague. This will be the first time in space for McClain and the first space flight for Koch.

Spacewalks are held for a variety of reasons, according to NASA, including working outside spacecraft, conducting scientific experiments, and testing new equipment. The astronauts also perform space walks to fix satellites or spacecraft that already exist in space, instead of getting them back to earth to fix.

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