NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch created history as they became the first all-female team to complete a spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS). The spacewalk lasted for just over seven hours as both the astronauts were able to complete all their tasks.
.@Astro_Christina and @Astro_Jessica have extended their scheduled 5.5-hour spacewalk today and will accomplish some get-ahead tasks on the space station. #AskNASA | https://t.co/yuOTrZ4Jut pic.twitter.com/ro1mrtuh2f— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) October 18, 2019
History Makers Lauded
Today marked one giant leap for WOMANkind - the FIRST all-female spacewalk!— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) October 18, 2019
Christina & Jessica, you are an inspiration for women & girls around the world. As @POTUS said when he called to congratulate you, up next, a woman on the moon! ? ???? pic.twitter.com/3sXLD96FmT
United States senator from California, Kamala Harris, commended the astronauts for the completion of a successful spacewalk and said, “These inspirational women are role models for young girls everywhere.”
This morning, for the first time ever in history, astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir conducted the first ever all-female spacewalk.— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) October 19, 2019
These inspirational women are role models for young girls everywhere– proving there is no limit to what women can accomplish. https://t.co/qUbfbMk1jg
US Senator from Alabama, Doug Jones, while congratulating Meir and Koch said, “Women have long contributed and led in our space program, so I’m sure today’s spacewalk is just another day on the job for these talented astronauts!”
Congrats to Christina and Jessica for making history today and inspiring young girls around the world! Women have long contributed and led in our space program, so I’m sure today’s spacewalk is just another day on the job for these talented astronauts! https://t.co/r9XZfJ4NBL— Doug Jones (@DougJones) October 18, 2019
The two astronauts were in constant contact with those on Earth, as they described how they felt during the spacewalk.
From Mission Control Center, @AstroAnnimal describes how she felt during a spacewalk as we get this amazing view from @Astro_Jessica's helmet cam. #AskNASA | https://t.co/yuOTrZ4Jut pic.twitter.com/geT7IQzp3W— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) October 18, 2019
So proud of my astrosisters @Astro_Christina and @Astro_Jessica! We’ve been training together since our selection in 2013, and now they’re out on a history-making spacewalk! #AllWomanSpacewalk pic.twitter.com/zjMGDJ5tae— Andrew Morgan (@AstroDrewMorgan) October 18, 2019
Hillary Clinton described how she wrote to NASA and “dreamed of being an astronaut” as a little girl. However, they wrote back and said, “they weren't taking girls”.
When I was a little girl, I wrote to NASA and told them I dreamed of being an astronaut.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 18, 2019
They wrote back and said they weren't taking girls.
A new generation of little girls watched today's historic spacewalk. May their dreams of reaching the stars have no bounds. https://t.co/MRR9OVmou7
Space brings out the best in us. Congrats to Astronauts Koch & Meir, first spacewalk featuring 2 women. Looking forward to the day when it’s routine. ???? https://t.co/LtiMzkU1Ld— Bill Nye (@BillNye) October 18, 2019
US President Donald Trump, who talked to the astronauts during the historic spacewalks, was left red-faced following his gaffe during their conversation, reported Vice. Trump congratulated the astronauts for completing “the first-ever female spacewalk”.
Meir was quick to make the correction as she said, “First of all, we don’t want to take too much credit, because there have been many other female spacewalkers before us.” She added, “This is just the first time there have been two women outside at the same time.”
Trump just got fact checked in real time by the two female astronauts on a historic spacewalk @realDonaldTrump— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) October 18, 2019
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