All-Female Spacewalk Was Cancelled - only one suit

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Although I'm against "stunts", all astronauts are an elite group and pairing two American astronauts who are female for an ISS repair mission would have provided some good PR for NASA and an inspiration for girls to enter more STEM fields. Unfortunately, NASA has a very limited budget, just half a cent for every Federal dollar spent, and the current Enhanced EMU spacesuits not only cost $20M+ but NASA has a shortage of them as they are wearing out.

As with the concerns about FAA oversight regarding the Max 8 tragedy, the problem and solution is the same: government agencies being told to put 10 pounds into 5 pound sacks. While most politicians support US space exploration, talk is cheap. Like with the military, giving verbal support is one thing but actually voting to fund programs is another. It's stupid to think that our nation can cut budgets, cut taxes and still attain the same level of effectiveness as in years past.

1st All-Female Spacewalk Scrapped Over Safety Concerns, Not Sexism
Two NASA astronauts were on the verge of making history this week by becoming the first women to take a spacewalk unaccompanied by men. But due to a lack of appropriately-sized spacesuits currently at the International Space Station, that major milestone for women in space won't be reached this week after all.

NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch were scheduled to take a spacewalk together on Friday, March 29. However, the agency announced on Monday (March 25) that astronaut Nick Hague would be taking McClain's place, due to a spacesuit sizing issue
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NASA Has A Spacesuit Shortage
There is a spacesuit shortage. There are only 11 extravehicular mobility units, or EMUs, in use. They were designed over 40 years ago, and they were only meant to last 15 years. A new report from NASA's Office of Inspector General says the current stock of suits just isn't enough.


NASA Is Running Out of Spacesuits – And Can't Make New Ones Fast Enough
NASA's ageing spacesuits are starting to fall apart and replacements are still several years off, according to a report from the space agency's auditor. If you've got any spare ones in your wardrobe, NASA would love to have them.

Those suits you see on astronauts on board the International Space Station cost millions of dollars and many years to develop, and we're going to need improved suits to get to Mars and beyond – which means the current shortage is very much a serious problem
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imaginethat

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Although I'm against "stunts", all astronauts are an elite group and pairing two American astronauts who are female for an ISS repair mission would have provided some good PR for NASA and an inspiration for girls to enter more STEM fields. Unfortunately, NASA has a very limited budget, just half a cent for every Federal dollar spent, and the current Enhanced EMU spacesuits not only cost $20M+ but NASA has a shortage of them as they are wearing out.

As with the concerns about FAA oversight regarding the Max 8 tragedy, the problem and solution is the same: government agencies being told to put 10 pounds into 5 pound sacks. While most politicians support US space exploration, talk is cheap. Like with the military, giving verbal support is one thing but actually voting to fund programs is another. It's stupid to think that our nation can cut budgets, cut taxes and still attain the same level of effectiveness as in years past.

1st All-Female Spacewalk Scrapped Over Safety Concerns, Not Sexism
Two NASA astronauts were on the verge of making history this week by becoming the first women to take a spacewalk unaccompanied by men. But due to a lack of appropriately-sized spacesuits currently at the International Space Station, that major milestone for women in space won't be reached this week after all.

NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch were scheduled to take a spacewalk together on Friday, March 29. However, the agency announced on Monday (March 25) that astronaut Nick Hague would be taking McClain's place, due to a spacesuit sizing issue.


NASA Has A Spacesuit Shortage
There is a spacesuit shortage. There are only 11 extravehicular mobility units, or EMUs, in use. They were designed over 40 years ago, and they were only meant to last 15 years. A new report from NASA's Office of Inspector General says the current stock of suits just isn't enough.

NASA Is Running Out of Spacesuits – And Can't Make New Ones Fast Enough
NASA's ageing spacesuits are starting to fall apart and replacements are still several years off, according to a report from the space agency's auditor. If you've got any spare ones in your wardrobe, NASA would love to have them.

Those suits you see on astronauts on board the International Space Station cost millions of dollars and many years to develop, and we're going to need improved suits to get to Mars and beyond – which means the current shortage is very much a serious problem.
This sounds sorta like the astronaut-to-orbit booster scenario.

The Russian Orlan suits are available. Fifteen years ago the Chinese bought a dozen of them, and wouldn't you know it? Four years later the Chinese were making their own spacesuits.
 
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No doubt you can whip one up for $20 in your garage and then blast into space with your surplus rocket.
Ok.

NASA is still a scam.

We spent a bazillion gazillion dollars to go to mars.

How do we know you went to mars?

Because we told you. Look at these receipts and this cgi footage.
 
Apr 2014
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Ok.

NASA is still a scam.

We spent a bazillion gazillion dollars to go to mars.

How do we know you went to mars?

Because we told you. Look at these receipts and this cgi footage.
ROFLMAO. Oh, that's right. I forgot you're a Moon Landing Hoax proponent. Carry on.
 
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