In a historic moment, NASA is set to conduct the first all-female space walk at the International Space Station on March 29.
Two NASA astronauts, Anne McClain and Christina H Koch, will walk out of the Space Station for seven hours, it has been reported.
On the ground at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas will be lead spacewalk flight controller Jackie Kagey, lead flight director Mary Lawrence and engineer Kristen Facciol, Huffington Post reported.
Facciol Tweeted saying, ‘I just found out that I’ll be on console providing support for the FIRST ALL FEMALE SPACEWALK and I cannot contain my excitement.’
NASA spokeswoman Kathryn Hambleton said, ‘It was not orchestrated to be this way; these spacewalks were originally scheduled to take place in the fall.’
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
The first woman in space, Dr Valentina Tereshkova was just 26 when she blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in 1963.
She is still the only woman who has undertaken a solo mission in space.