NASA cancels first all-female spacewalk for spacesuit's size problem

Suit issue ends first all-women spacewalk

Anne McClain during a spacewalk on the ISS on March 22.

If everything were to go as planned, it would have been the first time in history when two women astronauts would have done a spacewalk together.

Due to unavailability of appropriate sized space suit NASA stalled the walk. "Leaders must make tough calls, and I am fortunate to work with a team who trusts my judgment", McClain tweeted Wednesday. "It would take hours of crew labor (not to mention some additional risk) to fix that in time" for Friday's mission.

Ms McClain was originally set to join Christina Koch, but Nasa had to swap her out for male astronaut Nick Hague instead, because of a late request to change the spacesuit to a smaller size.

According to sources only one space suit could be made available by Friday, 29 March and Koch will wear it, NASA said.

NASA astronaut Anne McClain (R) poses during her final exam at the Gagarin Cosmonauts' Training Centre in Star City outside Moscow on November 14, 2018. Koch and McClain both came from the 2013 class, which was also half female, CNN reported.

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At first glance, the reason seems incredulously trivial - why can't the astronauts just wear a size up like the rest of us earthly beings?

Almost 60 years after the first human blasted off into space, less than 11% of the 500-plus people who have travelled to space have been women.

But Sullivan remembers that there were differences in how men were accommodated for sizes that fit outside the spectrum of sizes NASA created.

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

But only one medium and one extra-large hard upper torso parts are now operational. She said a medium-sized suit, particularly the torso portion of the suit, fits her best.

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