On This Day in Space! July 25, 1984: Cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya makes the 1st spacewalk by a woman

On July 25, 1984, the Russian cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to embark on a spacewalk, also known as an extravehicular activity (EVA). 

She spent three hours and 35 minutes doing welding experiments outside Russia’s Salyut 7 space station with her colleague Vladimir Dzhanibekov. They were cutting and welding metal and testing out new tools. 

Russian cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya (left) became the first woman to walk in space on July 25, 1984 while on a mission to the Soviet space station Salyut 7.

Russian cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya (left) became the first woman to walk in space on July 25, 1984 while on a mission to the Soviet space station Salyut 7. (Image credit: RSC Energia Press Service)

During this mission, she also became the first woman to return to space for a second mission.

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Hanneke Weitering is an editor at Space.com with 10 years of experience in science journalism. She has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the Space.com team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time Hanneke likes to explore the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos. 

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