NASA announced earlier this month that on March 29th, astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch would perform a spacewalk, marking the first ever women-only spacewalk in history.
#ICYMI @NASA will send astronauts Anne McClain, 39, and Christina Koch, 40, on NASA’s first women-only spacewalk on… https://t.co/NZbdKnsUsR— USAGov (@USAGov) 1553097300.0
Thirty-five years after the first woman performed a spacewalk, astronauts Anne McClain and NC State graduate Christ… https://t.co/FjVAdkPbyN— The News & Observer (@The News & Observer) 1552950037.0
Feminists and science-lovers everywhere were thrilled that this milestone was being reached!
Astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch are beyond impressive. So excited to see the first all-female space walk… https://t.co/WD2DsXfY6U— Kyrsten Sinema (@Kyrsten Sinema) 1552943380.0
The first-ever all-female spacewalk will happen this #WomensHistoryMonth, @NASA confirmed. https://t.co/BHVJ1hZoX6— Twitter Moments (@Twitter Moments) 1551831762.0
On March 25th, however, NASA updated its assignments for the date of the spacewalk, and the results left many people disappointed.
Spacewalks are a challenge, but the right equipment makes the job easier! Spacesuits are the most important gear. T… https://t.co/80K2JmoR2t— NASA (@NASA) 1553549101.0
It turns out the all-female spacewalk will now be performed by a man and a woman.
Turns out NASA won't be conducting an all-female EVA just yet. Here's why, the agency says. https://t.co/EinKsIfscT— Eric Berger (@Eric Berger) 1553548875.0
The reason for the change? One of the female astronauts felt she worked best in a medium-size space-suits, and there simply aren't enough available.
NASA just announced there will be NO all-female spacewalk March 29 after all. Turns out one of the female astronaut… https://t.co/Ywjz4mUdK1— Sandra Guy (@Sandra Guy) 1553553280.0
The first all-female spacewalk, scheduled to take place March 29, will now be conducted by a man and a woman — NASA… https://t.co/fF0NUfIWQL— TCPalm (@TCPalm) 1553556542.0
Wow, looks like NASA's first all women spacewalk has been canceled. https://t.co/oe2ScovPEI— Loren Grush (@Loren Grush) 1553548822.0
While it's sad we'll now have to wait even longer for the first all-women spacewalk, it's important to remember that safety always comes first.
Okay seeing a lot of negativity on here, but I just updated our post: this was apparently due to an astronaut's dec… https://t.co/haTJT3Oc18— Loren Grush (@Loren Grush) 1553557113.0
I'm suuper disappointed about the all-woman spacewalk not happening as scheduled this Friday but I'm also super sup… https://t.co/EGpenX7x20— Emily Lakdawalla (@Emily Lakdawalla) 1553555413.0
The issue turns out to be one of timing more than anything else.
@elakdawalla I’ve been told by NASA that there are two upper torso parts for each size (M, L, XL) but that one M an… https://t.co/yGOgHBcmuv— Ivan Couronne (@Ivan Couronne) 1553559150.0
The internet demands a statement from the individuals responsible for the supply of medium-size hard upper spacesui… https://t.co/paRd5Hjavp— Dave Mosher (@Dave Mosher) 1553549468.0
So the planned first all-female space walk will not be... Because they don't have enough spacesuits that fit. https://t.co/AalHnnoo9g— Charles Bergquist (@Charles Bergquist) 1553550005.0
For astronauts, being safe and efficient takes priority above almost all else.
@shannonmstirone @cbquist We have another medium size spacesuit segment on the station; Anne trained in M and L and… https://t.co/RaJjg8y2WR— Stephanie (@Stephanie) 1553554508.0
@lorengrush Wish NASA would just plan an all female ISS crew! Way overdue for passing these milestones.— OlySpaceNerd (@OlySpaceNerd) 1553549578.0
Unfortunately, it seems like an all-female spacewalk won't be occurring anytime soon...but don't worry! Progress marches onward, and the future will be upon us before we know it.
It now seems the "Historic" All female spacewalk next week will no longer happen this cycle. Spacesuit availability… https://t.co/p88Nf1QI7h— Space Shuttle Almanac (@Space Shuttle Almanac) 1553548795.0