NASA announced today that history will be made on March 29th when the first all-woman spacewalk will take place . Now that’s one hell of a way to celebrate Women’s History Month! CNN reported that astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will be making the walk outside the International Space Station, which will take about 7 hours according to the NASA website. The duo will be getting ground support from Canadian Space Agency flight controller Kristen Facciol in Houston. 

NASA spokeswoman Stephanie Schierholz confessed in an emailed statement to CNN that as exciting as the news is, it’s actually happening a earlier than originally planned, “It was not orchestrated to be this way; these spacewalks were originally scheduled to take place in the fall…In addition to the two female spacewalkers, the Lead Flight Director is Mary Lawrence, and Jackie Kagey (also a woman), is the lead EVA (spacewalk) flight controller.” Change of plans or not, this event has been long overdue and is exciting to say the least. 

Flight controller Kristen Facciol expressed her excitement on Twitter, adding in the thread, “I could never have imagined how many people would see this tweet, and I want to recognize that I’m part of a much larger team that’s been prepping for this spacewalk for a long time. There is a whole whack of amazing people that made this happen, and I wish I could list them all!”

NASA TV will be covering the walk at 6:30 a.m. ET. Tune in to watch one small step for mankind and one giant leap for women! 

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