23 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Anne McClain during a spacewalk on the ISS on March 22. NASA Excitement turned to disappointment this week when NASA announced it had to shuffle astronaut assignments, scrubbing what would have been the first all-female spacewalk in history. The reason: There wouldn’t be enough medium-sized spacesuit torsos available in time for the Friday event.NASA astronaut Anne McClain, who just completed her first spacewalk at the International Space Station on March 22, spoke out in defense of the decision on Wednesday, saying it was based on her recommendation. “Leaders must make tough calls, and I am fortunate to work with a team who trusts my judgement. We must never accept a risk that can instead be mitigated,” McClain tweeted. “Safety of the crew and execution of the mission come first.” This decision was based on my recommendation. Leaders must make tough calls, and I am fortunate to work with a team who trusts my judgement. We must never accept a risk that can instead be mitigated. Safety of the crew and execution of the mission come first. https://t.co/VU9QNaHHlK— Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) March 27, 2019 NASA Space NASA’s wildest rides: Extreme vehicles for Earth and beyond SpaceX: Watch Crew Dragon capsule dock at ISS for the… Comment Tags 1 NASA astronaut Christina Koch and McClain were originally slated to head out into the vacuum of space together to continue work on a project to upgrade the batteries for the station’s solar power system. Now Koch and NASA’s Nick Hague are set to share work duties outside the ISS on Friday.McClain made the call after her first spacewalk when she decided she would be more comfortable in a medium suit rather than a large. It takes time to properly prep a spacesuit and only one medium suit was ready to go, so Koch will wear it on Friday. A third spacewalk scheduled for April 8 is tentatively set for McClain and Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques. McClain had one more tweeted message for people who are bummed about the spacewalk adjustments: “Tune in — history is made every day up here!” 1:50 Sci-Tech Share your voice
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice declared a ‘major incident’ on the M6 motorway tonight after a number of people left the back of a vehicle. Staffordshire Police stopped the vehicle on the northbound carriageway between junction 15 and junction 16 near Stoke-on-Trent at around 4pm this evening. One man was arrested and police, along with West Midlands Ambulance Service and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service attended to the people from the back of the vehicle. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Officers from Staffordshire Police have stopped a vehicle on the M6 between Junctions 15 and 16 this evening (9 January) and a number of people have exited the back of the vehicle. “Police and partners assessed the welfare of the people who exited the vehicle and we will be liaising with our colleagues in Immigration Enforcement.” The motorway remained closed in both directions until shortly after 9.30pm tonight – with witnesses reporting dozens of police vehicles, as well as helicopters, attending the incident. Initially two lanes and a rolling roadblock were in place, with full closures in both directions being brought in at around 6pm – and the southbound closure was later extended to junction 14. Police by a lorry on the carriageway tonight Read MoreMan, 21, charged after man shot in eye in Stoke-on-Trent A Highways England spokesman said: “We can confirm that the M6 Northbound and Southbound carriageways between J16-14 and J15-16 have now been re-opened. “The CMPG incident has now been resolved. Thank you all for your patience whilst being stuck in the traffic. Have a safe journey.” A diversion was in place due to the M6 being shut – with congestion on surrounding roads including the A500 and the A34, with planned closures on the A500 suspended while the incident was resolved. Hundreds of people, including at least one pregnant woman and a considerable number of Burton Albion fans on their way to see their team play against Manchester City, remain stuck in traffic on the motorway. Motorists stuck in the congestion said they saw police officers checking a number of HGVs caught in the traffic. A Central Motorway Police Group spokesman said: “We had M6 J15 to J16 Northbound and Southbound closed due to a major incident. We are working with Highways England, Staffordshire Police, West Midlands Police, West Midlands Ambulance Service and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.” For further live updates on this incident and the ongoing closure, visit our live feed here. Read MorePolice hope to trace driver after pedestrian injured in accident near McDonald’s Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .