Trump talks to astronauts on all-female spacewalk

Katie Ramirez
October 23, 2019

What's more, the woman will be one of the 12 current female members of the astronaut corps, said Bridenstine.

But there are always exceptions, and NASA astronaut Christina Koch, who was one half of the first all-female spacewalk that took place last Friday, managed the rare feat of getting dirty during her trip outside the space station.

But she added: "It's really nice to see how far that we've come".

"Of course it would be a dream of mine and has been my entire life", said Koch of going to the moon.

But Meir could then be heard correcting the President, explaining that the event marked the first time two women had been outside the spacecraft at the same time. Meir is the 15th woman to be sent into space.

Koch, an electrical engineer, and Meir, who has a doctorate in marine biology, stepped outside in their NASA space suits on Friday night.

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Speaking at the International Astronautical Conference (IAC) on Monday, Bridenstine, whose agency is working towards sending humans back to the Moon by 2024, said that it is possible that astronauts could land on the neighbouring red planet as early as 2035.

"When you're in space, the slightest motion will keep you spinning, keep you turning".

Meir, the valedictorian of Caribou High School's Class of 1995, was among three women and four men selected from 6,100 applicants in 2013 for NASA's 21st class of astronauts.

"You are awesome people; they're conducting the first ever female spacewalk to replace an exterior part of the space station".

The NASA astronaut pair spent seven hours outside the space station to swap a failed battery charge-discharge unit (BCDU) with a spare at the station's far end part P6 truss. It was not immediately clear when those spacewalks would resume.

Alternatively, Ms Meir fact-checked the President and said that they were no longer the first female astronauts to fling in rental.

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