Astronauts who carried out the first all-female spacewalk in history stopped their efforts for hours to receive congratulatory telephone calls from President Donald Trump on Friday.
In the conversation, astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir politely corrected the president about the history of women in space.
"This is the first time for a woman outside the space station," Trump, who apparently reads from a script, said on a phone call. "They did a women's spacewalk for the first time."
In fact, the first woman walked in space in 1984 – cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya holds that record. NASA astronaut Kathryn Sullivan became the first American woman to do it that same year.
"You are now on television all over the world, so don't be nervous," Trump added.
He paused for five seconds, then began asking questions when one of the astronauts began to respond to his initial comments. An aide explained to the president that "there was a delay of about four or five seconds."
When the astronauts had the chance to respond, Meir politely corrected President Trump.
"We don't want to take too much credit because there are many other female spacewalkers in front of us," Meir, who did her first spacewalk, said. "This is the first time there are two women outside at the same time, and it is very interesting for us. We've talked a lot about it here, you know, for us, it's really just us doing our work. That is something we have practiced for six years. "
Space.com shares the video call (below) on its Youtube channel.
Meir continued, "We certainly want to give credit to all who came before us. There was a long queue of women scientists, explorers, engineers and astronauts, and we followed in their footsteps to take us to where we are today. We hope that we can inspire everyone, not only women, but for all those who have dreams, who have big dreams and are willing to work hard to realize that dream. "
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