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NASA astronauts Nick Hague, Christina Koch and Anne McClain. Photo via NASA.GOV

NASA has cancelled its first-ever all-female spacewalk, slated to take place on Friday, citing "spacesuit availability" on the International Space Station.

Details: NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Anne McClain were expected to conduct a spacewalk to perform maintenance on the ISS. But during a more than 6-hour spacewalk to repair batteries on the ISS last week, McClain discovered that a medium-sized spacesuit fit her better than a large.

"McClain learned during her first spacewalk that a medium-size hard upper torso — essentially the shirt of the spacesuit — fits her best. Because only one medium-size torso can be made ready by Friday, March 29, Koch will wear it," NASA said in a statement Monday. Astronaut Nick Hague will take McClain’s place.

Between the lines: Preparing a spacesuit to keep an astronaut safe in the harsh space environment is no easy task, and it's made harder by the old age of many of the spacesuits on the ISS.

  • NASA's decision to go with a ready, but larger, spacesuit and swap out astronauts is based largely on which suits are already prepared for use, rather than diverting crew time and effort to getting a smaller suit ready.
  • A spacesuit malfunction is one of the key safety concerns during a spacewalk.

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Driving the news: Riley June Williams, 22, who was arrested in Pennsylvania's Middle District Monday, is suspected of being the woman featured in a video saying, "dude, put on gloves," before a man's gloved hand reaches for the laptop, per the Department of Justice.

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President Trump issued 73 pardons and commuted the sentences of 70 individuals early Wednesday, 11 hours from leaving office.

Why it matters: It's a last-minute gift to some of the president's loyalists and an evident use of executive power with only hours left of his presidency. Axios reported in December that Trump planned to grant pardons to "every person who ever talked to me."

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Trump revokes ethics order barring former aides from lobbying

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Shortly after pardoning members of Congress and lobbyists convicted on corruption charges, President Trump revoked an executive order barring former officials from lobbying for five years after leaving his administration.

Why it matters: The order, which was signed eight days after he took office, was an attempt to fulfill his campaign promise to "drain the swamp."

  • But with less than 12 hours left in office, Trump has now removed those limitations on his own aides.

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