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All-female spacewalk delayed because astronaut didn’t pack the right outfit

Christina Koch and Anne McClain
Photo credit: NASA

NASA has been forced to delay a historic all-female spacewalk because one of the astronauts didn’t pack the right spacesuit.

Christina Koch and Anne McClain had been scheduled to step outside the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday to install batteries.

Despite what male colleagues have described as “extensive preparation" by the pair ahead of Friday’s outing, McClain has now said she can’t go out because she didn’t pack the right outfit. 

Ms McClain told mission control, “Houston we have a problem. Christina is wearing the same spacesuit. Please send medium sized suit in green. White is not my colour. Over.”

NASA rocket scientists are baffled that with their collective intellect they didn’t think to check if the two women had packed complementary outfits for their big night out on Friday.

“It just didn’t occur to us,” said mission controller Chuck Whitmore.

“You can send a man to the moon and back with an old t-shirt, a toothbrush and a spare pair of Y-Fronts.

“For this mission, we packed straighteners, a hairdryer, flip flops, flat shoes, heels, another pair of flip flops just in case. Four tops, three dresses, seven skirts, twelve pop socks, twenty-four pairs of knickers, nineteen bras, a coat in case it gets cold, a jacket to wear in the evening, and a jumper because you never know. Boots, a pack of tissues, gloves, a scarf, and a standard issue spacesuit each.

“It just didn’t occur to us that they wouldn’t want to be seen out in the same spacesuit.” 


Confused British Airways implement post-Brexit flight plans early

BA Düsseldorf International
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British Airways were left red-faced on Monday after they rolled out their post-Brexit flight plans a week, possibly three weeks, maybe even two months early.

A BA flight scheduled to land in Düsseldorf in Germany landed in Edinburgh by mistake, after the early implementation of a post-Brexit timetable.

The plane, that departed from London City Airport, was operated by German charter airline WDL Aviation through a leasing deal.

The German flight crew are thought to have been wrong-footed by the moving target that Brexit has become, and were also under the impression that after Brexit all BA flights will need to take off and land from within UK borders. 

A British Airways spokesperson said, “The new timetable certainly changes things.

“For a start, we will be losing all of our long haul aircraft as our longest flight will be Newquay to Aberdeen. 

“On the plus side, we will be serving fish and chips on every flight now that we have taken back control of our fishing waters, and passengers won’t need to bring their passports.

“Although we expect that many passengers will still want to bring their passports just to show off the beautiful blue colour.”