NASA accused of sexism after it cancels first women space walk

Suit issue ends first all-women spacewalk

That enthusiasm was curbed, however, when NASA said that nope, sorry, it was calling off that whole all-female spacewalk thing.

As NASA explains in its blog, McClain was supposed to conduct the spacewalk with Christina Koch on March 29.

McClain will get another shot at spacewalking April 8 when she ventures outside with Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques.

McClain made the decision to stay behind and let Nick Hague complete the spacewalk with Koch, according to Bridenstine.

There have been 213 space walks outside the ISS since 1998 for the purposes of maintenance, repairs, testing of new equipment or science experiments, according to NASA.

Koch will become the 14th on Friday.

Bigelow Aerospace habitat
NASA Scrapped The Historic All-Women Spacewalk

United States astronaut Anne McClain, member of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), gestures prior to the launch of Soyuz MS-11 space ship at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, in December 2018.

That said, NASA does have a general spacesuit shortage, according to Berger: there are only 11 now in service, all of which were originally designed way back in the 1970s.

Referencing the fact that the required spacesuit size was simply a medium, Colbert asked a rather good question.

"We fully anticipated that we were going to be able to do the first all-female spacewalk", Bridenstine told a House Committee on Appropriations subcommittee during a hearing on the agency's proposed fiscal 2020 budget.

Spacesuits don't always fit quite the same on Earth as they do in space. And, in a nutshell, it all has to do with astronauts growing in size while in orbit. Unfortunately, the extra height didn't help with the fit of the large HUT.

Even though the cancellation is due to the suits' availability-not their existence-it still begs the question of why there aren't more medium-sized torsos already aboard and ready to go, especially after NASA graduated its most recent class of flight directors, a full 50 percent of whom were women.

More news: Chelsea have a big plan to keep Callum Hudson-Odoi

Related News:

  • Truck slams into crowd on highway in Guatemala

    Truck slams into crowd on highway in Guatemala

    Traffic rules are frequently ignored in Guatema la, a Central American country of some 16.5 million people. The United States embassy in Guatemala expressed its "deepest condolences to the families of the victims".
    Lonzo covers up Big Baller Brand tattoo on arm

    Lonzo covers up Big Baller Brand tattoo on arm

    This came one day after a video of Ball's manager disposed of a pair of Big Baller Brand sneakers with the hashtag #dumpyourmerch. Ball removing Big Baller Brand ink from his body really isn't a surprise if you've been following the demise of LaVar's company.
    Thai Election Commission says junta party won popular vote

    Thai Election Commission says junta party won popular vote

    They said they supported governance by "good people", echoing a statement issued by the palace on the eve of the election. The regional election monitor ANFREL said the haphazard release of the results "reflects poorly" on the commission.
  • Dutch art sleuth recovers Picasso stolen 20 years ago

    Dutch art sleuth recovers Picasso stolen 20 years ago

    The person who was in possession of the painting reportedly made a decision to turn it in and reached out to Brand to do so. According to Brand's investigative work, the Picasso canvas probably exchanged hands around 20 times .
    These are the world's best airports

    These are the world's best airports

    Singapore's Changi is the planet's best airport for the seventh straight year, according to the latest rankings by Skytrax. With our guiding motto of "Passenger is Prime, ' we have been continuously working towards our customers" satisfaction.
    U.S. to expand abortion 'gag rule,' won't fund certain groups: Pompeo

    U.S. to expand abortion 'gag rule,' won't fund certain groups: Pompeo

    Pompeo said that closing the loopholes better reflected the administration's commitment to a pro-life approach to foreign aid. Abortion rights advocates slammed the decision as risky to women's health while abortion opponents welcomed it.
  • Federer outclasses Anderson in Miami

    Federer outclasses Anderson in Miami

    Regardless of the final result, the veterans can rest easy knowing the game will be in good hands when they're gone. Federer, who's won Miami three times amid his 100 career titles, leads their head-to-head matchup 5-1.
    Man dead after police find gun stash in Christchurch

    Man dead after police find gun stash in Christchurch

    Police stopped his auto and began negotiations with the man, but after about three hours, they chose to approach the vehicle. The two men were praying at the Al Noor Mosque when shooting broke out, leaving 43 people dead.
    Meng Hongwei: China accuses former Interpol head of accepting bribes

    Meng Hongwei: China accuses former Interpol head of accepting bribes

    In a letter to the Elysee Palace dated March 21, she "asks to know where and how he is", Agence France-Presse reported. Interpol put out a statement saying it had accepted Meng's resignation and a South Korean was chosen to replace him.
  • Rivers on Mars may have flowed more recently than previously thought

    Rivers on Mars may have flowed more recently than previously thought

    Riverbeds were carved deep into the Martian surface long ago, but the understanding of the climate billions of years ago remains incomplete.
    Get early access to Elder Scrolls: Blades on iOS and Android

    Get early access to Elder Scrolls: Blades on iOS and Android

    "Ready to play? We're inviting players in waves, so make sure to keep an eye on your email for the invite", Bethesda said. Simply put, it's the RPG mechanics of the Elder Scrolls series distilled into a mobile-friendly format.
    Grindr stokes bad blood in U.S.-China relationship

    Grindr stokes bad blood in U.S.-China relationship

    The U.S. government calls Chinese phone and networking equipment manufacturers Huawei and ZTE "national security threats". The company gather personal information - including location and messages - from its roughly 27 million users.


Most liked

How many cigarettes in a bottle of wine?
Saitz noted that there's been little discussion of the cancer risks tied to alcohol , even though alcohol is a known carcinogen. The NHS advise men and women not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis - such as weekly.

Alonso to test with McLaren in Bahrain
Alonso will complete a full day on Tuesday and split running with Carlos Sainz on Wednesday. I have ticked the box. "That's the only reason".

Former Australian spinner Bruce Yardley passes away
Debuting in 1978, Yardley took 126 Test wickets at 31.63, averaging 19.56 with the bat. Yardley began his career as a fast bowler in Western Australia but shifted to spin.

Ahead of vote, Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. attacking economy
Reuters last week reported that the United States could soon freeze preparations for delivering F-35 fighter jets to Turkey .

Aussies beat Pakistan, win ODI series
Australia romped to an 80-run win against Pakistan in the third one-day global on Wednesday and took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

Isabella Cruise Opens Up About Her Role in Scientology
The " King of Queens " star has been a harsh critic of the Church of Scientology after leaving the religion in 2013. If you are going to make it as a being for the long run you NEED this. "So stop messing around and get going".

Miley Cyrus Gives Fans the Ultimate Throwback With Hannah Montana Hair
In a series of pictures and videos posted on Instagram on Thursday Miley told fans that the new look was not a wig. Miley posted an old video of Gaga talking about the Hannah Montana lip gloss she bought.

Mercedes-AMG A35 arrives with 302 hp
The four-door auto now ships with 18-inch wheels by default, but you can order 19-inch ones instead if you prefer those. The power goes to the road via all four wheels, and the vehicle uses an AMG Speedshift DCT 7 dual-clutch transmission.

Afghan ambassador to return to Pakistan after PM Imran Khan`s remarks clarified
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that he fears "another security incident" with India ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Heads of political parties in Afghanistan took exception to Imran's comments and kept Twitter abuzz all of Tuesday.

Cheollima Civil Defense: What is known about North Korean embassy group
The group then drove to freedom in embassy vehicles, removing their electronic tags, and escaping to NY via Portugal. There was no immediate comment on the matter from the US State Department or South Korea's Foreign Ministry.

Patriots add former LB Jerod Mayo to coaching staff
Fraser was an assistant under Schiano from 2006-11 at Rutgers and coached linebackers under Schiano in Tampa from 2012-13. Coach Bill Belichick called him one of the smartest players he had ever coached when Mayo retired three years ago.

Media Is "Enemy Of The People": Donald Trump After Mueller Report
Green New Deal, socialism, from each according to their abilities, to each according to their needs, etc. No one outside the Justice Department has yet seen the report, including the White House.

Petra Kvitova 'glad it's over' after knife attacker sentenced to eight years
Kvitova testified she opened the door when Zondra rang the doorbell because she expected a possible doping control test. Kvitova, a double Wimbledon victor , did not attend today's court session, as she is now playing in the Miami Open.

Gonzalo Higuain: Chelsea and Argentina striker retires from global duty
So to the delight of many and perhaps others not so much, I'm calling it a day as some of my other teammates have done. In 2009 he made his worldwide debut, scoring for Argentina during a vital World Cup qualification match against Peru .

Boeing announces software fixes for infamous 737 Max plane
All 737 MAX jets have been grounded across the world by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Chicago-based Boeing is under intense scrutiny after two crashes since October killed 346 people.