Why do you think it took NASA so long to do the first all-female spacewalk?

12 Answers

  • 4 weeks 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.

  • Robert
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago

    Because they weren't allowed to go outside until they finished the cooking and cleaning inside the ISS.

  • 4 weeks ago

    They themselves will tell you, the Spacesuits are harder to make

    Has there ever been an African American Spacewalk ?

  • 4 weeks ago

    Probably for the same reason it took them so long to get the first female janitors, security guards, engineers and middle managers.

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  • 4 weeks 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.

  • 4 weeks 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. 

  • 4 weeks 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!

  • 4 weeks 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.


  • Anonymous
    4 weeks 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.

  • DW
    Lv 6
    4 weeks 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.

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