NASA has an awkward history with the whole women-in-space thing

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History was supposed to be made Friday with the first all-female spacewalk at the International Space Station. On Tuesday, NASA announced it was scrapping that plan. Why? Because they didn’t have enough space suits designed for smaller frames that typically characterize the female body.

To be clear, the number of medium-sized spacesuits needed was two. And NASA even clarified that it had two on board, but only one was in a “readily usable configuration.” It is easier to swap out astronauts than to configure spacesuits, NASA said, so that’s the decision that was made — ignoring how excited land-dwellers may have been about the spacewalk’s significance.

In the wake of this less-than-interstellar end to Women’s History Month, a 2018 tweet from the NASA History Office has re-orbited, indicating the agency has historically had some other issues with the whole women-in-space thing.

Below is a photo of Kathryn D. Sullivan, the first female astronaut to go on a spacewalk, on Oct. 11, 1984. Can you tell if she is wearing space makeup or not?

Read entire article at Washington Post