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Female Spacewalkers Were Uplifted by Excitement Back on Earth

Until Friday, every spacewalk since the first in 1965 involved at least one man

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    US Astronauts Discuss 1st All Female Spacewalk

    From the International Space Station, astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir reflected on their recent spacewalk, the first conducted without any men involved. (Published Monday, Oct. 21, 2019)

    The astronauts who took part in the first all-female spacewalk are still uplifted by all the excitement down on Earth.

    International Space Station resident Jessica Meir, from Maine, said Monday that when she floated outside last week, she wasn't thinking about whether she was going out with a man or woman because everyone is held to the same standard. Nonetheless, she said it was extra special being accompanied by Christina Koch, from Michigan, a close friend.

    Koch said knowing so many were so excited about two women spacewalking together "just added to the moment." It was "uplifting," she said, to have the opportunity to inspire future explorers.

    They don't know when they might go out together again, perhaps in coming weeks or months for more battery work.

    Astronauts Make History With NASA's First All-Female Spacewalk

    [NATL] Astronauts Make History With NASA's First All-Female Spacewalk

    American astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch made history Friday with NASA's first all-female spacewalk. The astronauts walked outside the International Space Station to replace a faulty battery.

    (Published Friday, Oct. 18, 2019)

    "Hopefully it will become commonplace and it won't even necessarily be something that's a big deal down the road," Koch said.

    Until Friday, every spacewalk since the first in 1965 involved at least one man.

    NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, meanwhile, hailed the "unmanned" spacewalk and noted the social media attention was tremendous.

    "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.

    NASA is shooting for 2024 for the first lunar landing by astronauts since 1972.

    During a news conference from orbit, Koch said she's pleased that some outdated phrases — manned spaceflight, unmanned rockets — are being replaced.

    Astronauts Repair Robotic Arm on Space Station

    [NATL] NASA Astronauts Repair Robotic Arm on International Space Station

    Two NASA astronauts ventured outside the International Space Station to repair a robotic arm. It is the first of three spacewalks planned for October.

    (Published Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017)

    "Even though that language is meant to represent all of humanity, it does conjure up images of men being the main participants," she told reporters. "So I've been happy to see instances of people, human, humankind, things like that being introduced. So I just continue to use that language myself and to encourage its use in others."