Fewer than 11% of the more than 500 people who have been to space have been female, and spacewalk teams have either been all-male or male-female.
On that day, NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch are set to conduct the first all-female spacewalk over a period of around seven hours. NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will be doing the spacewalk, with ground support from Canadian Space Agency flight controller Kristen Facciol, at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.
NASA spokeswoman Stephanie Schierholz confirmed that the upcoming walk will be "the first with only women", but added that "it was not orchestrated to be this way".
NASA astronauts to team up for first all-female spacewalk
It's a routine outing, and the first of three planned for this particular series, but this one is special for reasons beyond the mission itself - it's the first ever all-female spacewalk. "And, of course, assignments and schedules could always change".
Apart from her, Mary Lawrence will also serve as a vital part of the flight control group.
McClain and Koch were part of the 2013 Nasa class that was 50% female.More news: Elon Musk's Boring Company chosen to build Vegas underground loop
NASA Flight Controller Kristen Facciol sparked global excitement at the beginning of this month when she tweeted her elation at being assigned to assist the spacewalk from the ground.
Expedition 59, which, according to Wikipedia, is scheduled to start on March 14, is the 59th journey to the International Space Station. Alexey Ovchinin and Flight Engineer Nick Hague.
In the almost 60 years of human spaceflight, there have only been four times when expeditions included two female members trained for space walks.More news: Disney's streaming service reportedly includes every Disney film ever made
There have been 213 space walks at the ISS since 1998 for the purposes of maintenance, repairs, testing of new equipment or science experiments, according to the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Astronauts also conduct spacewalks to fix satellites or spacecraft that are already in space, instead of having them brought back to Earth to fix.More news: Wilder ordered to fight Breazeale next