President Donald Trump spoke to two NASA astronauts via video conference on Oct. 18 to praise them for their work and congratulate them for participating in the first all-women spacewalk.
Trump praised Christa Koch and Jessica Meir, members of NASAs 2013 astronaut class, as “brave, brilliant women” during the call at the White House while the two astronauts were replacing a an exterior part of the International Space Station.
“Station, this is President Donald Trump. Do you hear me?” Trump said joined by Vice President Mike Pence, his daughter and White House advisor Ivanka Trump, and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. After a short delay, the women responded, “we can hear you.”
“Thats great, I was starting to get worried about you,” the president then said.
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The commander-in-chief said he was “thrilled to speak” to Koch and Meir, adding that he thought they were “brave” and “amazing.”
“This is the first time for a woman outside of the space station,” Trump said. “I just want to congratulate you. What you do is incredible. Youre very brave people. I dont think I want to do it, I must tell you that, but you are amazing people. Theyre conducting the first-ever female spacewalk to replace an exterior part of the space station,” adding that they were doing it at an altitude that “very few people will ever see.”
Responding to the president, one of the astronauts clarified that there were other female spacewalkers before them but it was the first time two women were outside of the space station at the same time.
“For us, its just coming out here and doing our job today, and we were the crew that were tasked with this assignment,” Meir said. “At the same time, we recognize that it is a historic achievement and we do of course want to give credit for all of those that came before us. There has been a long line of female scientists, explorers, engineers, and astronauts. And we have followed in their footsteps to get us where we are today.”
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