NASA Calls Off First All-Female Spacewalk Over Odd Problem
NASA Calls Off First All-Female Spacewalk Over Odd Problem
NASA astronauts Anne McClain left and Christina H. Koch were set to take part in the spacewalk March 29
29 March, 2019, 06:41
But now, it appears that won't be happening.
The all-female walk was meant to mark the conclusion of Women's History Month. Spacewalks are performed to conduct station maintenance, such as installing new components, monitoring onsite scientific experiments, or updating equipment.
In 54 years of spacewalking, women have only gone outside with men.
And then, it was canceled.
McClain joined NASAastronautNick Hague for the first spacewalk in this series on March 22.
News that the space agency was to make history and send two women astronauts - Christina Koch and Anne McClain - to space together was met with excitement earlier this month.
NASA announced the decision on Monday, and said a shortage of properly-sized outerwear was to blame.
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.
According to Nasa, spacesuits are the most important gear of a spacewalk. Thankfully, Sullivan told Space.com, she'd only had one or two rude comments about her gender during her time as an astronaut, perhaps because "walking into NASA with the title astronaut would be a little like walking into the Navy with the title admiral instead of cadet". "Working in, and to some degree, fighting against a pressurized spacesuit is a significant part of the challenge", Dean says.
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The spacesuits are not as a simple task as what we think.
NASA clarified Tuesday in a tweet that it has more than one medium-size suit but, because of time constraints, it would be "safer and faster" to switch out McClain for a male astronaut.
The plan is for the pair to lay out jumper cables between the Unity module and the S0 truss, at the midpoint of the station's backbone, during their April 8 spacewalk.
'We do our best to anticipate the spacesuit sizes that each astronaut will need, based on the spacesuit size they wore in training on the ground, and in some cases astronauts train in multiple sizes, ' she said. That's despite there having been 216 spacewalks since the beginning of the ISS in 1998.
A little bit of history: Last Friday, McCain became the 13th woman to perform a spacewalk, while Koch will become the 14th this upcoming Friday, March 29. There are two astronauts, but only one spacesuit.
NASA is no longer planning the first all-women spacewalk this week. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in electrical engineering and physics and a Master's Degree in electrical engineering. "Something about exploration has fascinated me from a young age".
The body measurements of each shuttle astronaut are taken and recorded.
There are no differences between male and female spacesuits, except, generally, for size. And that compares to, like, 200 men.
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