The first cosmic passage for women back, six months after the lack of a suit, caused embarrassing cancellation Six months after being forced to embarrassingly canceled due to the lack of suitably large space suits, NASA announced that the first women's spaceport would take place later this month.
Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will take part in the giant leap for a woman on October 21 when they set off from the International Space Station (ISS) to install new batteries.
Koch was due to take part in a landmark march with Anne McClain in March, but NASA had to embarrass her plans because of problems with "suit availability".
A newly planned walk is now possible because the American space agency has sent another suit with a medium-sized upper torso. There is no gender diversity in NASA space suits, but female astronauts usually need smaller sizes than their male counterparts, and only one medium-sized wetsuit was available when the walk was planned.
The International Space Station generates energy using solar panels, but batteries are required when the space laboratory is in the dark and receives no sunlight. The walk covering all women will be the fourth of the five upcoming space walks that require battery operation. The first is this Sunday when Koch sets off with a friend.
Ever since she was denied her first space exploration, McClain was at the center of her first crime in space by hacking her ex-husband's bank account while on board the ISS. He has accusations and remains an active astronaut.
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