Astronauts who participated in first all-female spacewalk in history speak

James Marshall
October 22, 2019

Meir's first spacewalk and Koch's fourth, it was assisted from inside the station by ESA astronaut Commander Luca Parmitano, who operated the Canadarm2 robotic arm, and NASA Flight Engineer Andrew Morgan, who helped with the airlock and spacesuits. Two astronauts will stride its surface, the first time humanity has done so since 1972, and at least one of them will be a woman, the space agency's chief Jim Bridenstine has promised.

NASA's internal selection process for the historic mission remains a mystery for the time being, even to the astronauts.

United States President Donald Trump was discomfited for a mistake while he got in touch with NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch at the International Space Station to congratulate them for becoming the first ever female spacewalkers, a media report stated.

"I wrote this in my high school yearbook under future plans, I said: to go for a spacewalk".

You're living the dream. "Another dream would be to go to the moon. 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". "So I think maybe I'll make that my new dream", she added.

"Wait until we land the first woman on the south pole of the moon", Bridenstine said during the opening of the International Astronautical Congress in Washington.

During a news conference from orbit, Koch said she's pleased that some outdated phrases - manned spaceflight, unmanned rockets - are being replaced.

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

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