This is really just us doing our job. "We were the crew that was tasked with this assignment", Meir said. On October 18 at 2:55 pm EDT, NASA Flight Engineers Christina Koch and Jessica Meir completed a 7-hour, 17-minute spacewalk during which they replaced a failed battery-charging component on the Space Station.
Koch and Meir agreed that seeing the Earth below them on their spacewalk was unforgettable. On the call, Trump got some of the facts wrong, saying they were the first women to walk in space.
JTA reported that 14 women and 213 men have carried out spacewalks.
Koch has previously spoken about the importance of seeing someone that looks like yourself in a role that you want to reach.
President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine called Meir and Koch during their walk to congratulate them on their historic achievement.
The first woman to conduct a spacewalk was Russian cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya in 1984, followed closely by NASA astronaut Kathy Sullivan.Twelve US women had conducted 40 spacewalks over the past 35 years. "This is just the first time there have been two women outside at the same time", Meir said.
While this moment was the first-ever all-female spacewalk, it wasn't the first time a woman was sent for a spacewalk. That's always the image I had from the very first drawing I did when I said I wanted to be an astronaut in the first grade was standing on the surface of the moon. As part of that training, Meir donned a 350-pound pressurized space suit before being lowered into a 40-foot-deep pool to work on a life-sized replica of a part of the space station.
Initial mission capability for 2024 includes landing two astronauts on the south pole of the moons.