The US space agency NASA has confirmed that it has scheduled a spacewalk by two female astronauts for the first time.
A NASA spokeswoman told CNN Wednesday, “As currently scheduled, the March 29 spacewalk will be the first with only women.”
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The spacewalk, staffed by astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will be the second spacewalk of three during Expedition 59, which launches March 14.
Koch is a member of Expedition 59, while McClain is currently part of the three-person crew of the International Space Station.
In addition to the two women in space, another woman, Canadian Space Agency flight controller Kristen Facciol, is expected to be on the console at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, providing support on the seven-hour spacewalk.
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) March 1, 2019
Male astronauts Nick Hague and David Saint-Jacques will participate in the first and third spacewalks.
It is unclear yet what is to be accomplished on the spacewalk. NASA says spacewalks are conducted for repairs, testing equipment, and conducting experiments.