Earlier in March, astronaut Nick Hague was made to replace Anne McClain, on what would have been a historic all-female spacewalk. In the prior week, McClain realized during her spacewalk that a medium-sized suit would be the best fit for her
FREMONT, CA: NASA's first all-female spacewalk is set to take place on October 18, 2019, after multiple delays. The milestone spacewalk was supposed to be achieved earlier this year in March. However, a suit sizing issue prevented it from happening. The spacewalk is now set to take place as a faulty power system unit needs to be replaced outside the International Space Station.
Earlier in March, astronaut Nick Hague was made to replace Anne McClain, on what would have been a historic all-female spacewalk. In the prior week, McClain realized during her spacewalk that a medium-sized suit would be the best fit for her. As only one medium-sized suit was prepared, designated to Christina Koch, Hague was asked to replace McClain as he would fit comfortably into a large-sized suit.
"This decision was based on my recommendation," McClain, who has since returned to Earth, tweeted at the time. "Leaders must make tough calls, and I am fortunate to work with a team who trusts my judgment. We must never accept a risk that can instead be mitigated. Safety of the crew and execution of the mission come first."
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine also defended the decision to not modify the suit and instead replace the person to the Congress in March. "It would be easier and more appropriate to switch the person rather than modify the spacesuits," Bridenstine said. NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir are slated to step outside the International Space Station and replace a power controller that failed over the weekend on what would be the 221st spacewalk at the International Space Station since December 1998.
Christina Koch is also set on achieving another record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman. As per her current schedule, she is set to complete 328 days in orbit in single flight time. The previous record-holder is Peggy Whitson at 288 days. Scot Kelly set the record for the longest single spaceflight in history by any NASA astronaut at 340 days.
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