The First All-Female Spacewalk Is Set for This Month

Two U.S. astronauts will make the first all-female spacewalk in history on March 29, if all goes to plan — a fitting end to Women’s History Month.

Anne McClain, who arrived at the International Space Station Dec. 3, will float into space with U.S. crewmate Christina Koch to work on “upgrades on the outside” of the station, McClain said in a televised conversation with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday (March 6).

McClain said that she and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques have been preparing for the spacewalks for a few weeks while awaiting the arrival of Koch, U.S. astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin. The Expedition 59 trio are set to launch on “Pi Day” (March 14) at, believe it or not, 3:14 p.m. EDT (7:14 p.m. GMT).

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