NASA Calls Off First All-Female Spacewalk Over Odd Problem

NASA scrubs first all-female spacewalk over suit sizing

Nasa cancels all-female spacewalk, citing lack of suit in woman's size

Unfortunately, history will not be made quite yet.

But now, it appears that won't be happening.

When the schedule for these spacewalks was first announced and it looked like it would result in the first all-female spacewalk, NASA was quick to point out that, while it would be a great day for the space agency, the pairing of astronauts isn't made according to gender.

And then, it was canceled. The first in the series was completed on March 22 by Nick Hague and Anne McClain.

The original announcement about the spacewalk was met with huge praise earlier this month, with aerospace engineer Kristen Facciol tweeting her excitement about being selected for console during the event.

The problem stems from the fact that there is no available medium-sized space suit.

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The ISS crew had three spacewalks planned to do work on the exterior of the space station as part of Expedition 59.

She added there are two medium-size hard upper torsos available on the space station, but only one is now configured for use-the other is a spare. They can not risk one of their astronauts in order to pull off a "historic moment".

NASA has, however, been quick to defend its decision, explaining that reconfiguring the size isn't a simple task.

NASA astronaut Anne McClain reacts as her spacesuit is tested prior to launch onboard the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on December 3, 2018. Koch will become the 14th on March 29.

Based on the schedule of activities on the station, however, delaying this spacewalk would at least push back the third Expedition 59 spacewalk, now set to take place on April 8, and it could have had an impact on the timing of upcoming arrivals at the station, as well.

Dean said spacesuits come in medium, large and extra large sixes.

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NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch were scheduled to conduct the historic spacewalk on March 29 to install powerful lithium-ion batteries for one pair of the station's solar arrays. That's despite there having been 216 spacewalks since the beginning of the ISS in 1998. McClain is the 13th woman spacewalker in history, and Koch will soon become the 14th.

"Spacewalk assignments may be adjusted if the flight operations team deems it necessary", NASA writes on its website.

Less than 11 per cent of the more than 500 people who have been to space have been women. It took 20 years for NASA to officially hire its first female astronauts - its initial selection process required candidates to have graduated from military jet pilot testing programs, which didn't allow women. This highlights the need for more women in human space flight and more available spacesuits.

Koch, an electrical engineer, also received her astronaut training in 2013, her biography said. To me, that means they're helping make the Wi-Fi better IN SPACE.

The body measurements of each shuttle astronaut are taken and recorded. That's what she wore for her first spacewalk last week.

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