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American astronaut Anne McClain at work at the International Space Station on March 22, 2019. – AFP file photo
The US space agency NASA scrapped Monday a planned historic spacewalk by two women astronauts, citing a lack of available spacesuits that would fit them at the International Space Station.
Christina Koch will now perform tasks in space Friday with fellow American Nick Hague — instead of Anne McClain as originally planned.
Had Koch and McClain done their spacewalk together, it would have been the first ever by two women astronauts.
Until now, male-only or mixed male-female teams had conducted spacewalk since the space station was assembled in 1998 — 214 spacewalks until now.
McClain worked outside the station last week — with Hague — when she realized that a “medium”-sized upper half of her spacesuit fit her better.
“Because only one medium-size torso can be made ready by Friday, March 29, Koch will wear it,” NASA explained.
The spacesuits aboard the ISS are in fact assemblies of several parts put together as best adapted to each astronaut’s body, explained Brandi Dean, spokeswoman of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas where American astronauts are based.
She said two upper parts in each of the three available spacesuit sizes are currently held at the ISS: medium, large and extra large.
“We do our best to anticipate the spacesuit sizes that each astronaut will need, based on the spacesuit size they wore in training on the ground, and in some cases astronauts train in multiple sizes,” she said in explaining the problem that hampered Friday’s planned spacewalk.
“However, individuals’ sizing needs may change when they are on orbit, in response to the changes living in microgravity can bring about in a body.
“In addition, no one training environment can fully simulate performing a spacewalk in microgravity, and an individual may find that their sizing preferences change in space.” – AFP
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A worker unloads gas cylinders from a truck at Kampung Baru in Kuala Lumpur October 31, 2018. — Picture by Hari Anggara
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31 ― Petronas Daganagan Berhad (PBD) today decided to retain the prices of its Gas Petronas Home Delivery (GPHD) service following public backlash on social media.PDB had earlier announced the increased price listing for its GPHD service, saying it was in line with the current market rate.The increase would have seen a hike of RM3.20 for the 12kg and 14kg cylinders.The original price for 12kg gas cylinder is RM8.20, and RM8.40 for the 14kg cylinder.Social media users today questioned the justification of the price hike, forcing PDB to announce their reversal.“With reference to the price adjustment of the delivery charges for our GPHD services, PBD acknowledge the concerns raised by the public.“Taking the public’s feedback into consideration, PDB hereby announce that there will be no price increase for our GPHD services and the delivery charges remains the same,” it said in a statement.Yesterday Malay Mail reported an official notice from Petronas to its home delivery gas distributors that showed the new price listing.The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry, which had earlier demanded an explanation over the price hike, is also expected to release a statement soon. [...]
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