NASA Scrapped The Historic All-Women Spacewalk

Suit issue ends first all-women spacewalk

On March 22, Hague and McClain conducted the first in the series.

NASA named its first female astronauts in 1978, and women now make up about 34% of its astronauts. And as Ars Technica reporter and NASA expert Eric Berger notes, having a well-fitting spacesuit is crucial to executing basic tasks in space, so "if McClain was uncomfortable in a large spacesuit, she (and NASA) made the correct call here".

For NASA, March 29th was going to be a history-making day at the International Space Station, with the first all-female spacewalk in human history. "It would take hours of crew labor (not to mention some additional risk) to fix that in time" for Friday's mission.

Astronaut Anne McClain was supposed to float out of the International Space Station this Friday with newly arrived Christina Koch, to replace old batteries.

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"McClain learned during her first spacewalk that a medium-size hard upper torso - essentially the shirt of the spacesuit - fits her best".

In a new update, NASA reveals that a change has been made to the spacewalk lineup and Koch will now be joined by Nick Hague, who just completed a similar spacewalk on March 22nd.

"Anne trained in medium and large and thought she could use a large, but decided after Friday's spacewalk a medium fits better", wrote spokeswoman person Stephanie Schierholz on Twitter.

McClain and Koch were both part of the 2013 NASA class that was 50 per cent women.

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That's because men have always outnumbered women in space. And, in a nutshell, it all has to do with astronauts growing in size while in orbit.

Unsurprisingly, space suits are intricate. In fact, she even used the high-intensity interval training workouts to prepare for her time in space. "NASA leadership assigned him a spacewalk, and it was discovered he can't fit the large, so an extra-large was built". Evidently, NASA only carries sizes for men.

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