NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will perform the historic spacewalk.
'I just found out that I'll be on console providing support for the FIRST ALL FEMALE SPACEWALK, ' Facciol wrote. This begs the question of why there has been such an absence of female spacewalks when there's no lack of women at NASA, and why has it taken so long to get them both out to space together?
Canadian Space Agency flight controller Kristen Facciol dropped the news on Twitter, saying she will be on console providing support for the spacewalk. NASA says spacewalks are conducted for repairs, testing equipment and conducting experiments. An "Accidental" Spacewalk History In a letter to CNN confirming the all-female spacewalk, Stephanie Schierholz clarified the pairing was accidental.
McClain and Koch are the most recent examples of women who have made history in outer space.
The all-women spacewalk will be the second in three excursions from the station planned for the upcoming Expedition 59 crew. McClain is already onboard the ISS since December, serving as a part of the Expedition 58 crew.
The spacewalk on 29 March is expected to last roughly 7 hours, NASA announced on its website, and will be streamed live for viewers worldwide. Koch will set off from Earth on March 14 and the team's arrival at the ISS will signal the beginning of Expeditions 59 and 60.
The goal of the spacewalk is to upgrade batteries at the space station, which were delivered last summer. Apart from her, Sally Ride was the first American woman who flew in 1983 with the Challenger space shuttle.
The walk is the first of its kind ever since a Soviet woman Svetlana Savitskaya walked on July 25, 1984 in space.
When asked in a February interview about the importance of conducing her mission during Women's History Month, she said, "It is a unique opportunity and I hope that I'm be able to inspire folks that might be watching". Koch will be joined by NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin. The astronauts were instructed on scientific and technical briefings, International Space Station systems, spacewalks, robotics, physiological and T-38 flight training as well as water and wilderness training, according to NASA.