Space suits for women: NASA hires two companies to improve its space walks

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The presence of women in NASA operations has been a long-standing struggle, as was reflected in the documentary “Mercury 13” that is available on Netflix. However, despite the fact that remarkable progress has been seen today, there are still episodes that cannot be believed.

By March 29, 2019, astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch were called to make history by belonging to the all-female spacewalk mission at NASA, however, everything was canceled for an absurd reason: the space agency did not find in the International Space Station (ISS), the right size of the suit for one of the two astronauts who would carry out the tour.

[En la Luna hay una fotografia abandonada y un mensaje oculto: este es el curioso motivo]

“Mission managers decided to adjust assignments, due in part to spacesuit availability on station,” NASA added in a statement at the time.

That’s why the space agency has partnered with two companies to strengthen its spacewalk and moonwalk services.

Association for Best Space Suits

Axiom Space and Collins Aerospace are the two companies that will help NASA develop next-generation spacesuits and spacewalking systems to work outside the International Space Station, explore the lunar surface on Artemis missions, and prepare for human missions to Mars.

“With these awards, NASA and our partners will develop advanced and reliable spacesuits that enable humans to explore the cosmos like never before,” said Vanessa Wyche, director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. “By partnering with industry, we are efficiently advancing the technology needed to keep Americans on a successful discovery path on the International Space Station and as we look to explore the lunar surface.”

NASA established the technical and safety parameters that it requires in its suits and the aforementioned companies will do the work to comply with those requirements.

“Our business partnerships will help achieve our human exploration goals,” said Mark Kirasich, deputy associate administrator for NASA’s Artemis Campaign Development Division. “We look forward to using these services for NASA’s continued presence in low Earth orbit and our next achievement of returning American astronauts to the surface of the Moon. We are confident that our collaboration with industry and leveraging NASA’s experience gained through more than 60 years of space exploration will allow us to achieve these goals together.”

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