The world's first all-female space team, which included Maine-born Jessica Meir, wrote history Friday and replaced a broken section of the International Space Station's power grid. As NASA astronauts, Christina Koch and Meir completed the job With wrenches, screwdrivers, and power tools, it was the first time in half-century space that men were absent. They insisted that they did their work only after years of training. The first American Spacewalker 35 years ago, Kathy Sullivan, was thrilled. She said it was good to finally have enough women in the Astronaut Corps to be trained for space racing. "We have skilled women in charge of control, space centers, the station, spaceships and spacewalks," said Sullivan The Associated Press earlier this week. "And, my God, every now and then there is more than one woman in the same place." President Donald Trump congratulated the White House on "marking this historic event … truly historic." "What you? That's incredible. You are very brave people, "Trump told them as they packed their spacewalk, and Meir replied," We do not want to pay too much tribute because there were many other ̵
The world's first all-female space team, which included Maine-born Jessica Meir, wrote history Friday and replaced a broken section of the International Space Station's power grid.
As NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Meir did the work with wrenches, screwdrivers, and power tools. It was the first time in half a century in space that men were absent. They insisted they only do their jobs after years of training.
America's first female space-skater 35 years ago, Kathy Sullivan, was thrilled. She said it was good to finally have enough women in the Astronaut Corps to train for the space race.
"We have skilled women in control, directing space centers, commanding the station, commanding spacecraft, and making spacewalks," Sullivan told The Associated Press earlier this week. "And my god, gee whizz, now and then there is more than one woman in the same place."
President Donald Trump invited the White House to mark "this historic event … truly historic".
"What you do is incredible, you are very brave people," Trump told them as they wrapped their spacewalk.
Meir response: "We do not want to take too much credit because there are many others – female astronauts – in front of us, this is just the first time two women are out at the same time … For us that's really what it's all about only we do our job. "
NASA leaders, Girl Scouts, and others also cheered Koch and Meir. The parents also sent thank-you messages and encouragement through social media. NASA has included some of them in their television coverage. "Go, girl, go," wrote two young sisters on a sign with crayon. A group of middle school students held a long sign reading, "Heaven is not the limit!"
At the same time, many expressed the hope that this would become routine in the future.
Tracy Caldwell Dyson, a threefold spacewalker watching from Mission Control in Houston, added, "Hopefully this is now considered normal."
NASA originally planned to do a purely female spacewalk last spring, but did not have enough medium-sized suits ready to go until the summer. Koch and Meir should put more new batteries into a spacewalk next week, but had to set off three days earlier to fix a device failure that occurred at the weekend. It was the second such failure of a battery charger this year that astounded engineers and got hold of future battery systems for the solar system.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine watched the big event from the Washington headquarters.
"Let's get the right people to do the right job at the right time," he said. "They are an inspiration to people around the world, including me, and we are very excited to be embarking on this mission."
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi congratulated Koch and Meir "that they have left their mark on history." and tweeted that they are an inspiration to women and girls across America.
The main task of the spacewalkers was to replace the faulty 19-year-old charge controller – the size of a large, bulky box – with a new one from the three new batteries installed by Koch and Andrew Morgan last week.
"Jessica and Christina, we're so proud of you," said Morgan, one of four astronauts inside. He called her his "Astrosisters".
Spacewalks are generally considered the most dangerous task in orbit. Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano, who used the station's robot arm during the spacewalk on Friday, almost drowned in 2013 when his helmet was flooded with water from his suit's cooling system, making room for these two world-class space strollers, "Dyson said early The Spacewalk.
Meir, a marine biologist making her spacewalk debut, was the 228th person in the world to lead a spacewalk and the 15th Woman, the fourth spacewalk for Koch, an electrical engineer of seven Months in an eleven-month mission that will be the longest one ever undertaken by a woman, both members of the 2013 NASA astronaut class, the only one shared equally between women and men.
For Koch and Meir was particularly keen to team up for a spacewalk, they are close friends, so are you both former Scouts.
It took two decades for women to catch up with men in the space arena.
The world's first spacewalker on March 18, 1965, the Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, died last week. NASA astronaut Ed White became the first US space skier less than three months after Leonov's exploit. Women followed the hatch only in 1984. The first was the Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya. Sullivan followed three months later.
Friday's Spacewalk milestone was 421st for Team Earth.