NASA has been forced to cancel history’s first all-female spacewalk because it was unable to provide two properly fitting spacesuits for the astronauts.
Christina Koch and Anne McClain were scheduled to conduct the walk at the International Space Station on March 29, but because only one suitable spacesuit is available, Ms Koch will now be joined by Nick Hague.
“McClain learned during her first spacewalk that a medium-size hard upper torso – essentially the shirt of the spacesuit – fits her best,” a NASA statement read.
“Because only one medium-size torso can be made ready by Friday, March 29, Koch will wear it.”
𝘈 𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘪𝘵’𝘴 𝘨𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘢 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦… pic.twitter.com/2fDXJX94wa
— Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) March 25, 2019
The aim of the mission is to continue the installation of “powerful lithium-ion batteries for one of the station’s solar arrays”.