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NASA First All-Woman Spacewalk

This is the 221 spacewalk in support of the space station’s maintenance and assembly. Since cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to do a spacewalk in 1984, women have participated in 42 spacewalks. Of the 15 women who have done spacewalks, 14 have been NASA astronauts. Koch is on track to make history again in December as she gets closer to setting a new record for the longest amount of time continuously spent in space by a U.S. woman, beating former NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson’s former record of 288 days

During today’s spacewalk, the two astronauts received a call from the White House. While speaking to Donald Trump, Meir said that “we hope that we can provide an inspiration to everybody, not only women, but to everybody that has a dream, that has a big dream, and who is willing to work hard … this is my first flight and my very first spacewalk, so it is a pretty incredible feeling I’m sure you can all imagine, and it’s one I will never forget.”