Editor’s note: This post has been updated.
UPDATE: Hillary Clinton fell for the bogus headline as well:
Make another suit. https://t.co/mu9w13xsi0
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 26, 2019
This is a totally BS headline from The Guardian which now has libs dragging NASA because they think the space agency allegedly didn’t have a spacesuit to fit a woman:
Nasa cancels all-female spacewalk, citing lack of suit in woman's size https://t.co/gv6qZl1oDp
— The Guardian (@guardian) March 26, 2019
The reality? There are no men’s and women’s size spacesuits, which people would know if they read the actual NASA press release instead of this headline:
That's not what the press release said. The release did not make a distinction between a "man" size shirt and a "woman" size shirt. It said there was only one shirt in medium aboard the station readily available by Friday, and that one woman would wear it during the walk. https://t.co/fHCb8h19gG
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) March 26, 2019
And it would seem NASA did prepare for the right-sized suit, but astronaut Anne McClain changed her mind (which she should do in this case!). From NASA:
NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Anne McClain conducted the first spacewalk in this series on March 22. Hague and fellow NASA astronaut Christina Koch now are preparing to conduct the second spacewalk Friday, March 29, during which they will continue work started on the first spacewalk to install powerful lithium-ion batteries for one pair of the station’s solar arrays.
Koch had been scheduled to conduct this spacewalk with astronaut McClain, in what would have been the first all-female spacewalk. However, after consulting with McClain and Hague following the first spacewalk, mission managers decided to adjust the assignments, due in part to spacesuit availability on the station. McClain learned during her first spacewalk that a medium-size hard upper torso – essentially the shirt of the spacesuit – fits her best. Because only one medium-size torso can be made ready by Friday, March 29, Koch will wear it.
According to Jeff Foust, who writes for @SpaceNews_Inc, NASA originally planned for McClain to wear a size large suit. It’s not that they don’t have the right size for her on the station, it’s that they don’t have the right size available now and it doesn’t make any sense to delay the spacewalk:
Important context: McClain originally wore a suit with a large torso, but decided it would be better to use a suit with a medium-sized torso. It’s faster to swap crews than to prepare a second suit on the station with the right-sized torso. Safety and schedule take priority.
— Jeff Foust (@jeff_foust) March 26, 2019
NASA really needs to get ahead of this because, as they say, the sexism narrative is building:
— Jonah Blank (@JonahBlank) March 26, 2019
— Women's March (@womensmarch) March 26, 2019
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) March 26, 2019
— Michael E. Mann (@MichaelEMann) March 26, 2019
Are you actually freaking kidding me. This Women's History Month, NASA is basically telling us they don't have enough clothes for ladies? I'm going to need a walk around the block. https://t.co/eZmo4T8IiB
— Alexandra De Luca (@AlexDe_Luca) March 26, 2019
Humans are able to send people into space to a massive floating station the size of a soccer field that orbits the Earth at 17,000 miles per hour, but we cannot plan ahead to have the right size space suits. Truly amazing. https://t.co/NW4TvnD7FQ
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) March 26, 2019