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NASA Decision Not Suited for Women

Science  01 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5560, pp. 1623
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5560.1623

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NASA has halted work on a $16 million program to develop a space suit designed for smaller women. The decision, which could make it harder for women to make it into space, comes at a time when only one female astronaut is slated to fly aboard the international space station in the next 3 years. Together, these developments raise concerns among some engineers and researchers that biomedical data gathered aboard the orbiting lab will be skewed toward men.

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