“In the past women haven’t always been at the table. It’s wonderful to be contributing to the space program at a time when all contributions are being accepted, when everyone has a role.” - Christina Koch, NASA Astronaut
This past week, millions of space enthusiasts watched as NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch made history, performing the first ever all-female spacewalk outside of the International Space Station. An experienced spacewalker, Koch was the 14th American woman to accomplish that feat and Meir became the 15th yesterday as they spent seven hours and seventeen minutes with Earth beneath their feet, making urgent repairs to the station’s power system. A engineering graduate from North Carolina State University, Koch was selected to be a NASA astronaut in 2013 along with Meir, a graduate of Brown University. In a media teleconference during the spacewalk, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine commented that he looks forward to putting the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024, proving that the space agency is determined to reach its demanding goals.