NC State graduate Christine Koch and fellow astronaut Anne McClain had to do a spacewalk at the International Space Station on March 29 that would have marked the first-ever spacewalk depicting women only.
However, NASA says, the lack of proper size suits forced the agency to change their plans. McClain and Koch will still get to perform a spacewalk, but not together.
March 22 McClain became the 13th woman to walk in space; Koch published on Twitter, showing the team is preparing for the spacewalk that.
Not the usual battery replacement and routine working day. Pics to arrange for Anne & Nick for his first spacewalk! 7:00 later, the success of the modernization of the battery, which allow us to have the power, even if we are overshadowed by the Earth from the Sun! Great day collaboration inside and outside the Earth. pic.twitter.com/a3R6y2jC7Q
– Christine H Koch (@Astro_Christina) March 25, 2019
After her first spacewalk, McClain found the average size of the hard torso suits her best. That is the same size Koch prefers. NASA says the only one among the available currently.
Being in space may affect the astronauts body in different ways. For McClain, she said that she had grown two inches since left Earth, perhaps as a result of the sizing of the conflict.
The earth will learn a lot during his busy week on @Space_Station – Today it is me company while we checked our suit sizing to accommodate the growth of the space (I 2 inches taller than when I started!), We did some translation adaptation. pic.twitter.com/A89tJauyQu
– Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) March 4, 2019
NASA brought the suit size as the reasons for the changes in the open space task.
Koch will perform on March 29 in an open space with an astronaut Nick Hague. This mission will make Koch 14th woman to perform a spacewalk.
At least, during this mission, McClain and Koch will not be the first couple to perform all the women in the open space.
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