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NASA cancels history making a space trip for women



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NASA has postponed a forthcoming all-girls walk, noting the lack of space suits for its female astronauts.

In a statement, the agency said space "mission managers decided to adapt the assignments, because space space is available at the station in part."

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Tweets by NASA publish the changes.

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Astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch were organized to take part in the first ever women's walk on Friday, 29 March. The pair would have continued to work installing lithium-ion batteries to the outer parts of the International Space Station.

NASA says McClain's decision to change space suits to be hard sized hard stone; – basically where a t-shirt fits – means there would not be enough suits for both spaces.

"As only one medium sized torso can be prepared by Friday, 29 March, Koch will wear it." the agency said.

Speaking earlier this month, a NASA spokesman said the pairing made history had been a complete coincidence.

"It was not organized like this; these space paths were supposed to happen originally in the fall," he told CNN.

Koch will now complete a Friday tour with fellow Nick American Hague. McClain has been rearranged for a third space trail for early April.

Cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya was the first woman to walk back in 1984. Since then, there have been over 200 walks at the International Space Station.

Of the 500 people who have been in space, less than 11 per cent have been women.

With her first walk earlier this month, McCain became just the 13th woman to complete the effort. From Friday onwards, Koch will be the fourteenth.

NASA will be broadcasting the live walks this Friday from 10:30 pm AEDT. The journey is expected to take approximately 7 hours.

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