The first women-only spacewalk is a cause for celebration, but we are still a long way from achieving equality in our space programmes
19 March 2019
OVER the past 20 years, 128 astronauts have spacewalked for a total of 1300 hours to assemble and maintain the International Space Station (ISS). Until now, just nine of those people have been women. Next week, when Anne McClain and Christina Koch step into the void, that number will rise to 11. Another milestone will be reached too: this will be the first of the 213 ISS spacewalks to be entirely composed of women.
On the one hand, I am excited. On the other, I am trying not to wince. It is hard to …