President Donald Trump speaks to NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, carrying out the first ever all-woman spacewalk, during a call from the White House, Friday, October 18, in Washington, D.C. With the president are Vice President Mike Pence and White House Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump.
The world’s first female spacewalking team made history high above Earth on Friday, floating out of the International Space Station to fix a broken part of the power network.
As NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir emerged one by one, it marked the first time in a half-century of spacewalking that a woman floated out without a male crewmate.
America’s first female spacewalker from 35 years ago, Kathy Sullivan, was delighted. She said It’s good to finally have enough women in the astronaut corps and trained for spacewalking for this to happen.
NASA leaders – along with women and others around the world – cheered Koch and Meir on. At the same time, many noted that this will hopefully become routine in the future.