As you may have seen in the news, an anticipated first all-female astronaut spacewalk had to be cancelled because the International Space Station did not have the appropriate sized space suits for both of the female astronauts (Anne McClain and Christina Koch) to conduct the spacewalk together. Ultimately, Koch conducted the space walk with the male astronaut (Nick Hague). According to NASA, the astronauts trained with various sized space suits, but the effect of microgravity changed the sizing preferences once in space. An ill-fitting space suit would make the job more difficult, but could also present safety concerns.
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