First ever all-female spacewalk to take place this month

2 astronauts are scheduled for the first all-female spacewalk in history

McClain is also set to conduct a spacewalk a week earlier with fellow NASA astronaut Nick Hague.

Astronauts Christina Koch and Anne McClain will exit the International Space Station on March 29, 35 years after the first woman performed a spacewalk.

So it's just a coincidence that this momentous occasion transpire at the end of Women's History Month. Koch, who has a background in electrical engineering and physics, will launch into space on March 14 and join McClain at the ISS.

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.

The March 29 spacewalk is scheduled to last for seven hours, according to NASA's website.

The on-the-ground flight control team at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston will include lead flight director Mary Lawrence and NASA engineer Kristen Facciol.

It's a fitting milestone for Women's History Month, though NASA spokeswoman Stephanie Schierholz tells CNN's Gianluca Mezzofiore that it "was not orchestrated to be this way" and "assignments and schedules could always change". It will be the second of three walks scheduled for Expedition 59's mission. Astronauts also conduct spacewalks to fix satellites or spacecraft that are already in space, instead of having them brought back to Earth to fix.

Both were members of NASA's 2013 class of astronauts, where four of the eight members were female, and traveled to the ISS over the previous year as part of expedition 58 and 59, respectively. The first woman to ever complete a spacewalk was Russian cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya on July 25, 1984 aboard the Soyuz T-12. And for the most part, Frazier notes, "spacewalks have been. conducted by male astronauts, with the help of some female crewmembers".

For 39-year-old McClain, the expedition will be her first time in space, although she has been broadcasting to social media from her position on the ISS for Expedition 58.

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