NASA Administrator Defends Nixing All-Female Spacewalk

Cristina Cross
March 29, 2019

NASA, the US space agency, because of a lack of available spacesuits their size at the International Space Station, scrapped the historic all-women spacewalk planned for past Monday.

Actually, that's not the case-the Space Station clarified there are indeed multiple medium-sized suits aboard, but "to stay on's safer and faster to change spacewalker assignments than reconfigure spacesuits".

The two female McClaine and Christina Kosh were supposed to make their space walk as first women space walk on March 29. There are six USA spacesuit tops on the station - or hard upper torsos, as NASA calls them - with two considered spares.

"Because only one medium-size torso can be made ready by Friday, March 29, Koch will wear it", NASA confirmed in a statement.

NASA tweeted Tuesday that the walk wasn't canceled for lack of female suits aboard the International Space Station, which many inferred, but that it was canceled because another suit could not be configured in time for the walk.

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NASA astronaut Anne McClain is pictured during her first spacewalk on March 22. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues. But McClain said the decision had been made in contact with her.

Others said they were sad that a milestone moment for women's space exploration had been deferred, but safety came first.

Because McClain was able to train in both medium and large suits back on Earth, NASA figured that she would probably be fine wearing the large suit on her second spacewalk. If a suit is too big, an astronaut in space might feel like they're floating around inside of it, making them struggle with mobility. After a spacesuit fit check on March 4, McClain tweeted that she had grown 2 inches (5 centimeters) since she launched into space.

It is easy for women to change dresses even at the last minute before going out if something doesn't fit right.

Here's hoping NASA takes OT up on its offer and McClain is given another chance to bust a zero-gravity glass ceiling.

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