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NASA cancels all-woman spacewalk due to a lack of spacesuits that fit

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NASA shuffled spacewalk assignments, ending the all-woman opportunity, due to a lack of right-sized space suits. Christina Koch, center, had to wait out the walk, but she'll get a chance on Friday. Instead, astronauts Nick Hague, left, and Anne McClain suited up and headed outside the station. (WWMT/NASA via CNN)

History will have to wait. NASA has canceled the first all-female spacewalk - because there weren't enough space suits that fit.

Christina Koch, who is from Grand Rapids, Michigan, was set to make history in the space walk with fellow astronaut Anne McClain, but the crew has only one medium-size space suit available at the International Space Station.

So, NASA announced Monday that astronaut Nick Hague joined McClain on the space walk.

The all-women team was set for one of a series of three spacewalks to complete work on the space station, including installing lithium-ion batteries for one of the station’s solar arrays.

Due to the space suit issues, the walks and assignments were rearraigned, NASA said.

Koch will get her turn. She is scheduled to join Hague on a spacewalk Friday. That spacewalk will be available for viewing online through NASA’s website.

McClain and Koch were part of the 2013 astronaut class, half of which were women, and came from the second largest number of applications NASA ever has received, more than 6,100. The most recent class of flight directors was also 50 percent women, NASA said.


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