Graduate American Christina Koch and astronaut colleague Anne McClain were scheduled to make a spacewalk on the International Space Station on March 29. This would have marked the very first spacewalk in which only women participated.
However, NASA said that a lack of properly sized space suits forced the agency to change its plans. McClain and Cook will still be able to make spacewalks, just not together. [March1962] On March 22, McClain became the 13th woman to walk in space; Koch posted on Twitter, where the team is preparing for this spacewalk.
No ordinary battery replacement and working day. Pictures of Anne & Nick for their first spacewalk! 7 hours later, success in upgrading the batteries, so we can have power even when the earth is shadowing the sun! Great day of teamwork on and off the ground. pic.twitter.com/a3R6y2jC7Q
̵1; Christina H. Koch (@Astro_Christina) March 25, 2019
After her first spacewalk, McClain has made the medium-sized, hard upper body her best. That's the same size that Koch prefers. According to NASA, only one medium is available at this time.
Staying in space can affect the bodies of astronauts differently. For McClain, she said that she has grown two inches since leaving the earth and may have led to this size conflict.
The Earth will learn a lot in its busy week at @Space_Station . Today he kept me company while we checked our suit size to accommodate room growth (I'm 2 inches taller than me!), Then we made some translation adjustments. pic.twitter.com/A89tJauyQu
– Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) March 4, 2019
NASA cited the sizes of the spacesuits as the reason for the changes to the Spacewalk assignments.
Koch will perform the spacewalk on March 29th with astronaut Nick Hague. This mission makes Koch the 14th woman to make a spacewalk.
At least during this mission, McClain and Koch will not be the first couple to make a purely female spacewalk.
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