NASA to conduct historic spacewalk featuring all-female team

2 astronauts are scheduled for the first all-female spacewalk in history

NASA astronauts to team up for first all-female spacewalk

The first American woman to spacewalk was Kathryn D. Sullivan on the Space Shuttle Challenger mission STS-41-G on October 11, 1984.

"I just found out that I'll be on console providing support for the FIRST ALL FEMALE SPACEWALK with @AstroAnnimal and @Astro_Christina", she wrote on Twitter.

If all goes as scheduled, Expedition 59 astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will lead a roughly seven-hour spacewalk to attend tasks on the orbiting lab's exterior, starting at 6:30 a.m. (ET).

They will receive ground support from flight director Mary Lawrence and Kristen Facciol of the Canadian Space Agency in Nasa's Johnson Space Center in Texas.

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"As now scheduled, the March 29 spacewalk will be the first with only women", NASA spokeswoman Stephanie Schierholz told CNN in an emailed statement Wednesday. Anne also will join Nick Hague for the March 22 spacewalk. "And, of course, assignments and schedules could always change".

A spacewalk looks like something from your favourite sci-fi film, and for the first time ever one will take place with a team exclusively made up of female astronauts.

Expedition 59, which, according to Wikipedia, is scheduled to start on March 14, is the 59th journey to the International Space Station.

On March 29, in the last minutes of twilight before the sun rises over the United States, two NASA astronauts will embark on a history-making excursion outside the International Space Station.

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The space agency insisted it was just a coincidence that the date coincides with the last week of Women's History Month.

Both astronauts were part of NASA's 2013 astronaut class and these expeditions to space are their first.

A spacewalk, also known as "extravehicular activity" (EVA), is a broad term that applies to any time an astronaut exits a vehicle while in space.

Spacewalks are held for a number of different reasons, according to NASA, including doing work outside a spacecraft, conducting science experiments and testing new equipment.

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The objective of the spacewalk is to upgrade batteries at the space station, which were delivered last summer.

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