All-Female Space Walk Cancelled Due to Wardrobe Malfunction

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All-Female Space Walk Cancelled Due to Wardrobe Malfunction

Pictured from left to right Astronaut's Nick Hague, Christina Koch, and Ann McCain.

Pictured from left to right Astronaut's Nick Hague, Christina Koch, and Ann McCain.

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Pictured from left to right Astronaut's Nick Hague, Christina Koch, and Ann McCain.

Courtesy of Florida Today

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Pictured from left to right Astronaut's Nick Hague, Christina Koch, and Ann McCain.

McKayla Epps, Staff Reporter

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An entirely female spacewalk has never been executed before. NASA planned to change that statistic this year: two women were set to embark on a history-making spacewalk on March 30. However, an unexpected wardrobe malfunction caused the plans to change.

Anne McCain and Christina Koch were the astronauts affected. Things seemed to change after McCain came back from an earlier mission and realized there would be an issue with the sizing of her spacesuit. That is when she asked NASA to swap out her spot with the other American astronaut, Nick Hague. According to this article, “The request to be taken off this mission was completely her idea. Both women needed a medium-size hard upper torso or the shirt of the spacesuit. But only one on the space station was small enough to fit both women, prompting plans for the first all-female spacewalk to be dismissed. The cancellation generated buzz around the world, with even former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton weighing in on the subject.” Koch went on the trip on Friday with Hague and both women still made history. They became number thirteen and fourteen on the list of women astronauts that have completed a spacewalk.

Junior Carmella Hawkins said, “NASA is a big corporation, and it’s not surprising to see sexism coming from this predominantly white male-ran organization. NASA is a widely popular, so they definitely should have already adjusted their suits or anything else that is made specifically for men, so that the women who have put in the same amount of time, effort, work, and education as men, can complete the same activities.” Hopefully, in the future, there will be additional smaller suits on hand so that these ladies can enjoy their space adventures.