First all-female spacewalk deferred

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  1. First journey into space by a crew composed only by women, scheduled for March 29th, has been postponed due the lack of spacesuits adjusted to chest size.

Photo: NASA astronaut Anne McClain assists fellow NASA astronauts Christina Koch (left) and Nick Hague as they verify their U.S. spacesuits are sized correctly and fit properly ahead of a set of upcoming spacewalks.

It was on International Women’s Day that NASA announced that it would make the first walk in space with astronauts Christina Koch and Anne McClain.

The seven-hour mission was scheduled to be broadcasted live on NASA’s Web site at 6:30 Eastern Time.

NASA announced on this monday 25th March, that the first fully feminine space crew space flight will no longer be held. At stake is the availability of spatial suits by the US agency, which can not prepare another one with adjusted chest size in time. They only have one spacesuit size medium available at the station.

In addition to making history, the astronauts Christina Koch and Anne McClain learned that they had assigned mission to install new lithium-ion batteries at one of the headquarters of the International Space Station (ISS). To date, such missions have only been carried out by men or crews with men and women.

Only Christina Koch will perform the mission. Anne McClain will have to wait until April 8th, to have a suit adjusted to her chest size.


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