Thursday, 19 September, 2019

NASA cancels first all-women spacewalk due to lack of small spacesuits

NASA Scrapped The Historic All-Women Spacewalk Stephen Colbert tears into NASA for its female spacesuit debacle
Sandra Phillips | 29 March, 2019, 22:03

He made such a first-of-its-kind journey in space, in which all women were astronauts, but due to the absence of space fitting in the International Space Station, this historic plan has now been canceled. "Because only one medium-size torso can be made ready by Friday, Koch will wear it", NASA said.

McClain conducted her first spacewalk on March 22 to become the 13th woman to perform an extravehicular activity. "Anne trained in "M" and "L" and thought she could use a large but decided after [last] Friday's spacewalk a medium fits better" further explained Stephanie Schierholz, a spokeswoman of the space center Johnson, located in Houston.

US and Russian Federation have conducted 213 spacewalks with the Americans taking the lead with 160. And it's true that NASA in general does have something of a gender parity problem: NASA administrators have been vocal about the need for the agency to hire more women, and according to one Science Magazine report, only about 15 percent of NASA's planetary mission science team members are female.

Originally, she should have been joined by Anne McClain, making it the first all-female spacewalk in history. "Safety of the crew and execution of the mission come first".

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"So, apparently we pick our female astronauts the same way we pick our Rockettes", Colbert joked. This is partly due to the effects of microgravity, or weightlessness.

On the other hand, NASA has denied the accusation of sexism by saying it's easier to change spacewalkers than adjust a spacesuit. And, in a nutshell, it all has to do with astronauts growing in size while in orbit. That extra space inside the suit can be less noticeable when working in Earth's 1-gravity environment.

In her tweet, Hillary urged to "Make another suit". NASA chose four women and four men that year. It's obviously a bummer for McClain, but nobody wants to be floating around in space in a suit that doesn't fit.

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