The Female Border
Two of NASA’s astronauts are scheduled to make history this month.
On March 29, Anne McClain and Christina Koch will leave the relative security of the International Space Station for a spacewalk to upgrade craft batteries.
Although it is rare, a spacewalk is not even history. What is exciting is the fact that this spacewalk will be the first to include only female astronauts – an inspirational sign that women are meeting men to explore the last border.
Spacewalk This Way
On Wednesday, NASA spokesman Stephanie Schierholz confirmed confirmed all-female spacewalk with CNN .
“As planned, the March 29 spacewalk will be the first with only women,” she told the network.
In addition to McClain and Koch Schierholz, two other women pointed out important roles behind the scenes of this spacewalk ̵
1; Mary Lawrence and Jackie Kagey will serve as the spacewalk’s leading air traffic controller and lead spacewalk flight controller.
A third woman, the Canadian space agency Air Controller Kristen Facciol, will support the spacewalk from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. She is the one who first broke the news of the all-female spacewalk with an exciting tweet on March 1st.
I just found out that I will be on the console that supports FIRST ALL FEMALE SPACEWALK with @AstroAnnimal and @Astro_Christina and I can’t contain my excitement !! !! #WomenInSTEM #WomenInEngineering #WomenInSpace
– Kristen Facciol (@kfacciol) March 1, 2019
As with any space related, there is always a chance that the spacewalk may not go as planned , with Schierholz, tells CNN that “missions and schedules can always change”.
Still, now it looks like McClain and Koch will get into the history books on March 29th.