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Tech & Science NASA once again will attempt the first all-female ISS spacewalk

11:30  05 october  2019
11:30  05 october  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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NASA will try once again to conduct an all-female spacewalk, six months after the first attempt had to be canceled because of a lack of available spacesuits aboard the International Space Station.

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For the first time in history, an all - female crew will conduct a spacewalk at the International Space Station , NASA confirmed to CNN.

Plans for the first all - female spacewalk in history have been scrapped for lack of a second space suit, the US space agency Nasa says. Christina Koch and Anne McClain had been scheduled to step outside the International Space Station ( ISS ) on Friday to install batteries. But it turned out they both

Christina Koch and Jessica Meir are scheduled to embark on their spacewalk together on Oct. 21, the space agency announced Friday.

Originally, Koch was scheduled in March to conduct a spacewalk with astronaut Anne McClain – in what would have been the first all-female spacewalk. But McClain and Koch both required medium-size suits, and there was only one available that would be ready in time.

That shouldn’t be a problem anymore. NASA has sent up another medium-size spacesuit, according to NASA's news conference Friday.

Koch, who has been at the space station since March, and Meir will conduct the fourth of five planned spacewalks to upgrade the power systems on the the space station by installing new lithium-ion batteries.

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Postponing the first all - female spacewalk wasn't a gender issue, but a smart decision based on operations. And remember: that female milestone Female participation in space isn't yet par to men, but it is growing; you can read some of the more notable milestones in history on this NASA webpage .

NASA , the US space agency, has cancelled the first all - female spacewalk due to a lack of a spacesuit in the right size. Anne McClain and Christina Koch had been scheduled to step into the history books in a spacewalk this coming Friday, during the final week of Women's History Month.

NASA’s deputy chief astronaut Megan McArthur told reporters the all-female spacewalk will be a milestone. But she noted that women are so integrated at all levels at NASA now that they don’t tend to dwell on gender.

“I’m sure that they’ll sit back and reflect on it, as we all will. We will all celebrate that,” McArthur said.

Expect more women spacewalking together on the horizon.

“It turns out that over the next couple years, we’re having a lot of medium-suit people fly,” said NASA’s space station program manager, Kirk Shireman.

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