Grab Your Space Suits, NASA Is Preparing for the First All-Female Spacewalk
Some pretty badass women are about to make history…from outer space.
Yup, astronauts will conduct the first all-female spacewalk on March 29. This marks 35 years since Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space in 1984.
In case you don’t know what exactly a spacewalk is (we didn’t either), according to NASA, spacewalks allow astronauts to work on the outside of their spacecraft while in space, conduct science experiments and test out any new equipment. So. Cool.
They usually last between five and eight hours, but it’s currently unknown how long this spacewalk will be.
NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will carry out the activity as part of the Expedition 59 crew at the International Space Station. The two women will also be joined by Kristen Facciol, a Canadian Space Agency flight controller working from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
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
Facciol announced her big news in a sweet tweet, tagging her fellow teammates.
That’s one small step for (wo)man, one giant leap for (wo)mankind.