Suiting up: All-female spacewalk cancelled

Nasa astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch were about to make history tomorrow by becoming the first pair of female astronauts to conduct a spacewalk together outside the International Space Station.

Suiting up: All-female spacewalk cancelled

Nasa astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch were about to make history tomorrow by becoming the first pair of female astronauts to conduct a spacewalk together outside the International Space Station.

But, as they prepared to boldly go where no female duo had gone before, it emerged there was only one spacesuit to fit either of them. The others were man-sized which means that male astronaut Nick Hague will go in McClain’s place.

“When you have the option of just switching the people, the mission becomes more important than a cool milestone,” a Nasa spokesman told The New York Times.

Yet ever since John F Kennedy vowed to put a man on the moon, the mission has been the milestone. Indeed, as US Vice President Mike Pence revealed, it is the policy of the Trump administration to go back to the moon within the next five years. He even hinted one of the astronauts would be female.

In that case, Nasa must ensure she has the right gear. It should be capable of this small step for women. After all, providing a spacesuit that fits is not exactly rocket science.

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