We celebrate 8 March as women’s day all around the world. NASA has added an event in the month which will be a memorable one. The space agency announced that it would send an all-female crew to the ISS. On 29th March, before the sun rises in the sky of the US, two NASA astronauts will start their journey to the ISS. It is happening for the first time in history, that only two women astronauts will go to space. If everything goes well, Anne McClain and Christina Koch will lead a spacewalk. The ladies will walk around the space for about seven hours.
During the spacewalk, the astronauts will try to work on the exterior side of the revolving lab. It will include astronauts of Expedition 59. Of course, the ground staff present on the Canadian Space Agency will support the mission. Kristen Facciol, a flight controller at Canadian Space Agency, will primarily support from the ground. She announced the news via Twitter on March 1. According to NASA’s representative, Stephanie Schierholz, the March 29 spacewalk will be the first exclusive female spacewalk. The space agency planned three spacewalks, and the current one is second among them. As per Stephanie, it was not intended to be this way. NASA originally scheduled those spacewalks to happen in the fall.
Along with Facciol, other women astronauts will also participate in the spacewalk. It will have Mary Lawrence, NASA’s Lead Flight Director. Besides, Jackie Kagey will join the fleet as the EVA (spacewalk) flight controller. Although, the first woman to go on a spacewalk was Cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya. It took place in 1984, an American astronaut, Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan, followed the trend. Kathryn is the first American women to perform a spacewalk. But those spacewalks took place with male astronauts or cosmonauts. So the upcoming spacewalk will be women particular. NASA revealed that spacewalks are held for various reasons. It includes performing work outside a spacecraft, performing scientific experiments and testing new equipment. The astronauts also required to walk around the space for fixing satellites or spacecraft present there. It avoids the effort to carry the probes back to Earth for repairs.