Donald Trump embarrassed by blunder during live call with female astronauts

James Marshall
October 20, 2019

Jessica Meir of Caribou, Maine and Christina Koch worked for hours outside the space station and answered questions and calls from around the world.

USA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir have became the first all-female pairing to carry out a spacewalk-a historic milestone as NASA prepares to send the first woman to the Moon. "It's something we've been training for for six years".

"They're conducting the first-ever female spacewalk".

Although floating in space looks easy, astronauts say that spacewalks are one of the most physically challenging things they can do, according to NASA.

The all-female spacewalk was earlier planned for International Women's Month in March. "And golly, gee whiz, every now and then there's more than one woman in the same place". They paused to take a phone call from President Donald Trump. "You're doing an incredible job", he told the astronauts. I just want to congratulate you, you're very courageous people.

She said: "We don't want to take too much credit because there have been many other female spacewalkers before".

"It's really interesting for us", Meir said.

"For us, it's just coming out here and doing our job today, and we were the crew that was tasked with this assignment".

NASA officials and a group of Girl Scouts joined for the significant call.

The spacewalk was executed months after its initial plan was kept on hold because NASA did not have enough spacesuits in the right size. Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir stepped outside of the International Space Station in order to replace batteries on equipment located on station's exterior. At their work station on the end of the Port 6 truss structure, Koch and Meir carefully removed the broken power controller, also known as a battery charge-discharge unit, or BCDU.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine watched the big event unfold from Washington headquarters.

"I think it's important because of the historical nature of what we're doing and that in the past, women haven't always been at the table", Koch said. "We are very proud of you". Congratulations to & for leaving their mark on history with today's #AllWomanSpacewalk. As the seven-hour spacewalk drew to a close, Mission Control declared success, informing the astronauts that the new charger seemed to be working and the space station was back to full power. An additional 12 U.S. women have conducted 40 spacewalks over the past 35 years.

Spacewalking is widely considered the most risky assignment in orbit.

Meir clarified that it was the first all-female spacewalk, since other female astronauts have spacewalked before. Koch, an electrical engineer who is leading the mission, was carrying out her fourth spacewalk and was hooked up to the station's robotic arm. Both are members of NASA's Astronaut Class of 2013, the only one equally split between women and men.

It took two decades for women to catch up with men in the spacewalking arena.

Later that same year, Kathryn D. Sullivan became the first American woman to perform a spacewalk. Women did not follow out the hatch until 1984.

Staring intently into the camera, the world leader said: "This is the first time for a woman outside of the space station".

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