NASA astronauts Anne McClain, left, and Christina H. Koch will take part in a spacewalk March 29.
NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch are both now residents of the International Space Station, and they'll be conducting the first all-female spacewalk later this month.
Expedition 59, which, according to Wikipedia, is scheduled to start on March 14, is the 59th journey to the International Space Station.
For the first time in history, an all-female crew will conduct a spacewalk at the International Space Station, NASA confirmed to CNN.
Despite scheduling the walk at the tail end of Women's History Month, NASA spokeswoman Stephanie Schierholz said that the timing and crew make-up was completely coincidental, saying, "It was not orchestrated to be this way; these spacewalks were originally scheduled to take place in the fall ..." It will be the second of three walks scheduled for Expedition 59's mission.
They will be supported by Canadian Space Agency flight controller Kristen Facciol, who will be serving as console at Nasa's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Astronauts also conduct spacewalks to fix satellites or spacecraft that are already in space, instead of having them brought back to Earth to fix.
The goal of the spacewalk is to upgrade batteries at the space station, which were delivered last summer.
NASA selected its first female astronauts in 1978, and women now account for about 34% of its astronauts.
The pair, along with Hague, were members of NASA's 2013 astronaut class, which consisted of 50 percent women.
Spacewalks, also called extravehicular activity (EVA), usually last between five and eight hours and are conducted so that astronauts can make repairs on equipment or carry out experiments.
In the almost 60 years of spaceflight, there have only been four times when expeditions included two female members trained for spacewalks. She was followed almost 20 years later by the second woman in space, Svetlana Savitskaya, who also did a spacewalk two years later.