Here’s why NASA cancelled the first ever women-only spacewalk
The spacewalk expected to happen on March 29 had to be cancelled by the mission managers.
What if you are going to create history and you fail to do so as you don't have the basics? An all women spacewalk was scheduled to happen on March 29. This one, if successfully completed would have been the first to happen in our space exploration history. The spacewalk was scheduled in the last week of Women's History Month, celebrated in United States. Women's History Month is a declared month in the United States that highlights the contributions of women to society.
NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch were supposed to participate in the 2nd in a series of three spacewalks. On the previous spacewalk that took place on March 22, Anne McClain wore a medium-size hard upper torso suit. Getting to the real issue, only one space suit of medium-size will be available till Friday but two are required for the all-female spacewalk mission. Because of the unavailability of the space suit, the spacewalk had to be rescheduled. Now, Christina Koch will wear the suit to go on the spacewalk on March 29. Due to this unavailability of the correct space suit, mission managers decided to adjust the scheduled assignments.
The first spacewalk was successfully completed on 22nd March. The second, all-female spacewalk was expected to happen on March 29. They will take forward the work of installing lithium-ion batteries for one pair of the station’s solar arrays. This battery swapping started from the 22nd March spacewalk, which was conducted by Nick Hague and Anne McClain.
To clarify, Anne McClain and Christina Koch were expected to go for the first all-female spacewalk, but now, due to the unavailability of the right space suit, Nick Hague and Christina Koch are preparing for the same spacewalk on March 29. Anne McClain will go for the April 8 with Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques. The astronauts will lay out jumper cables between the Unity module and the S0 truss and establish a redundant path of power to the Canadian-built robotic arm, known as Canadarm2. The astronauts will also install cable that are expected to provide more expansive wireless communications coverage outside the orbital complex and enhanced hardwired computer network capability.
McClain now will be heading out for a spacewalk which will happen on April 8 with Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques. According to NASA, the assignments for this spacewalk will be finalized following the completion of the second spacewalk.
To provide you with a few details on spacewalks, the upcoming spacewalks will be the 215th and 216th spacewalks in the history of International Space Station for the purpose of assembly and maintenance. McClain became the 13th woman to perform a spacewalk during the 22nd March spacewalk. Koch will become the 14th woman to head out on a spacewalk on March 29.