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NASA Astronauts Make History After Completing First All-Female Spacewalk

caitlyn.clancey 18 Oct 2019

On Friday, NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir made history as they conducted the first all-female spacewalk, a moment which was watched and celebrated by people all over the world.

According to CNN, this is not the first time women have performed spacewalks, but it is the first time a spacewalk has been completed entirely and exclusively by women.

Koch and Meir successfully completed the historic spacewalk which lasted seven hours and seventeen minutes.

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Both astronauts report the endeavor went well and they were able to replace the regulator outside the International Space Station, as well as accomplish some get-ahead tasks on the craft.

This was the fourth spacewalk for Koch and the first for Meir.

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The pair even managed to take part in a video chat with U.S. President Donald Trump while outside the Space Station.

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According to CNN, he sat down in the White House Roosevelt Room to congratulate the astronauts on their "historic" feat.

Flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and his own daughter, Ivanka, Trump told the astronauts that their mission is only "the first step because we're going to the moon and then we're going to mars."

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He went on to call both Koch and Meir "brave, brilliant women...who represent our country so well."

"I would like to thank you, if I could," he said before praising the women on their individual accomplishments as astronauts.

"The job that you do is incredible," Trump continued. "I'm thrilled to be speaking with two brave American astronauts making history. This is the first time for a woman outside of the space station. I just want to congratulate you, you're very brave people. You are amazing people."

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Since completing the legendary spacewalk, Koch and Meir have been hailed for making their mark on history.

Nancy Pelosi extended her congratulations to the astronauts via Twitter, adding that they "are an inspiration to women & girls across America."

Upon witnessing the spacewalk begin, NASA astronaut Tracy Dyson said she hopes this is just the first all-female spacewalk and that it will become a normal occurrence.

h/t: CNN

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