The first all-women spacewalk ever to take place was canceled by NASA, due to a lack of spacesuits available.
Astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch were set to make history on March 29, but NASA announced that only one medium-size torso—the shirt of the spacesuit—would be ready to use by that time. Therefore, only one woman would be able to make the voyage.
"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," NASA said in a statement. "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."
McClain will no longer go with Koch to install the lithium-ion batteries necessary for the International Space Station, and Nick Hague will go in her place. Koch will be just the 14th woman to perform a spacewalk.
Many were upset at the news. NASA saw them and offered an explanation in a tweet: "We’ve seen your tweets about spacesuit availability for Friday’s spacewalk. To clarify, we have more than 1 medium size spacesuit torso aboard, but to stay on schedule with @Space_Station upgrades, it’s safer & faster to change spacewalker assignments than reconfigure spacesuits."
A NASA spokesperson pointed out one of the medium-size torsos hasn't been properly configured for a spacewalk and it would take hours of crew labor to fix that before Friday hits, according to the New York Times.
That didn't stop people from offering solutions. Even Hillary Clinton had something to say about NASA's unfortunate wardrobe malfunction.