In March, NASA announced plans to conduct its first ever all-women spacewalk with astronauts Christina Koch and Anne McClain.
However, what would have been a giant leap for womankind was canceled — because NASA hadn’t packed enough spacesuits.
Now the space agency has announced it will finally make history on October 21, when Koch and Jessica Meir are set perform an excursion outside the International Space Station (ISS) — and making sure there are enough medium-sized spacesuits to outfit the female astronauts.
In the spacewalk back in March, McClain was replaced by a man because there was only one spacesuit available that could fit Koch and McClain.
While the issue of space suit sizing may sound like an easy fix, fitting spacesuits isn’t as simple as it sounds, given the body grows taller in microgravity.
But the incident raised questions around where women stand in a typically male-dominated industry — it seemed like this problem could have been avoided if more women were considered at the planning stage.