NASA pulls all-female spacewalk due to suit fitting issues

While she was working last week U.S. astronaut Anne Mc Clain realized that her suit was too big to maneuver in comfortably

NASA live streamed the spacewalk and also answered questions during the mission.

When McClain did her first spacewalk on March 22 with fellow Nasa astronaut Nick Hague, she felt that a medium-size hard upper torso spacesuit fit her best. She said the agency had no concrete plans for an rescheduled all-female spacewalk, but noted one is increasingly likely because NASA astronauts have been diversifying in terms of gender.

She said two upper parts in each of the three available spacesuit sizes are now held at the ISS: medium, large and extra large.

A scheduled all-female spacewalk has been cancelled by NASA because of a lack of spacesuits in the proper size.

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NASA has replaced Anne with Nick Hage to conduct their second mission on Friday, during which they will continue to install powerful lithium-ion batteries for one pair of the station's solar arrays, nearly identical to the first mission. "Because only one medium-size torso can be made ready by Friday, Mar. 29, Koch will wear it". The actual spacewalk is expected to begin around 5:20 a.m. PT and will last about 6.5 hours.

McClain will be accompanied by Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques, though the assignments will be finalized after Friday's spacewalk is finished.

McClain and Koch were part of NASA's historic astronaut class of 2013, which was 50 per cent women - four women among the eight participants selected to join the astronaut training program.

Heather Barr, the acting co-director of the Women's Rights Division, said: "Because it's not enough to discriminate against women everywhere on Earth". This is a part of the larger effort to overhaul the power station of the space system, NBC News reported. Alexey Ovchinin and Hague. In the past, missions have been all-male or male-female. Now that has happened, as the second of three planned spacewalks will instead be performed by a man and a woman, Nick Hague and Christina Koch.

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