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Offline BasilValentine

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All female spacewalk
« on: October 18, 2019, 09:52:40 AM »
"NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch are conducting the first all-female spacewalk outside of the International Space Station, replacing a faulty battery charging unit." (CNN)

Is it only me or does anyone else find the hubbub about this event patronizing and annoying? There have been at least forty spacewalks by women to date, and these repair outings tend to be done by pairs of astronauts. This time the normal work rotation seems to have resulted in two females being assigned the task. Making a big deal about it seems to imply that someone out there is thinking "Who'd have thought it! Two women can walk in space and perform normal duties without a man being there to look after them! Shows how far we have come." IMO, reporting the story about the repair and the personnel involved without the hullabaloo would have been a better statement of progress.

Any thoughts or contrary reactions? 

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Re: All female spacewalk
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2019, 07:45:12 PM »
Well, it was kind of a big deal, because when the normal work rotation resulted in two females being assigned to the task (last March), NASA had to cancel the "First All-Female Spacewalk For Want Of A Medium-Size Spacesuit." (https://www.npr.org/2019/03/26/706779637/nasa-scraps-first-all-female-spacewalk-for-want-of-a-medium-sized-spacesuit)

Which should tell you something.