Why do you think it took NASA so long to do the first all-female spacewalk?
- RaymondLv 78 months ago
NASA never did an all-female spacewalk.
The very recent one was done by the international consortium that coordinates the work program on the International Space Station (ISS). Although NASA is part of the consortium, they are not the whole consortium.
NASA was tasked with providing the space suits for the astronauts (especialy American ones) and NASA failed to provide suitably sized suits for female astronauts until very recently.
NASA is not the only agency that sends people in space.
- RobertLv 68 months ago
Because they weren't allowed to go outside until they finished the cooking and cleaning inside the ISS.
- Ronald 7Lv 78 months ago
They themselves will tell you, the Spacesuits are harder to make
Has there ever been an African American Spacewalk ?
- 8 months ago
Probably for the same reason it took them so long to get the first female janitors, security guards, engineers and middle managers.
- What do you think of the answers? You can sign in to give your opinion on the answer.
- 8 months ago
It's not because of sexism. Females are just not naturally inclined to do stuff in space as men are to. It's not in their "wheelhouse". They are just more inclined to do other things (perhaps maybe closer to home than in space) than they are to go to space. This is a good advancement, but it doesn't need to be glorified or criticized. It just happened.
- 8 months ago
Being an astronaut is still a male-dominated profession; with more men, and fewer women, an all-woman EVA is statistically less likely to happen - but, it finally did. And, I hear it went very well, also.
- az_lenderLv 78 months ago
Nobody thought of it, because it's a stupid "milestone." Launching the first female astronaut was a big deal, and maybe the first female spacewalker was a big deal (though I don't remember hearing about her). The "first all-female spacewalk" is in the SO WHAT department. When's the first all-African-American spacewalk? How about the first all-gay spacewalk. WHO CARES!
- daniel gLv 78 months ago
Until very recently, there have not been more than one woman on the flight ready status board and even then, their mission training has to match that need for both to do EVA together.
Valentina Tereshkova (1963)
Svetlana Savitskaya (1982)
Sally Kristen Ride (1983)
Eileen Collins first STS commander flew STS-93. July 23-27. STS-114 July 26, 2005
Susan Helms - Expedition 2. March 2001 - August 2001 Aboard ISS
Peggy Whitson first ISS commander April 2008
Sunita Williams 2nd ISS commander 2012
Women to partake in EVA: >>>
Svetlana Savitskaya - Soyuz T-12. July 25, 1984First U.S. woman to participate in an EVAKathryn (Kathy) Sullivan - STS 41-G. October 11, 1984
4 woman have been in space at one time.
32 STS/ISS missions with more than one woman.
12 trained female astronauts never flown.
including PATRICIA HILLIARD ROBERTSON (M.D.) (Deceased)
source: Johnson Spaceflight Center's Astronaut Biographies.
- Anonymous8 months ago
ground control couldn't convince the women to wear the space suits because they thought it made them look fat. nasa had to call in a paris fashion designer to custom create space suits perfectly tailored to the women.
- DWLv 68 months ago
Last time they tried it they discovered they only had one suit that's the right size. So I'm thinking it took them a long time to set up a system that allows and supports female astronauts.