Two women astronauts from NASA, Christina Koch and Jessica Mier created history on Friday as they ventured into space for a first of its kind, all-women spacewalk. Ivanka Trump, daughter of Donald Trump, has congratulated the two women astronauts for creating history with the first all-female spacewalk. Ivanka took to Twitter to express her happiness. The spacewalk took place outside the International Space Station to replace the battery charge-discharge unit (BCDU). They spent seven hours in the vacuum of space as they replaced the failed power control unit of the International Space Station.
Today marked one giant leap for WOMANkind - the FIRST all-female spacewalk!— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) October 18, 2019
Christina & Jessica, you are an inspiration for women & girls around the world. As @POTUS said when he called to congratulate you, up next, a woman on the moon! 🚀 👩🚀🌙💫 pic.twitter.com/3sXLD96FmT
Apart from Ivanka, other eminent women figures such as Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris also expressed their joy on the microblogging website.
When I was a little girl, I wrote to NASA and told them I dreamed of being an astronaut.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 18, 2019
They wrote back and said they weren't taking girls.
A new generation of little girls watched today's historic spacewalk. May their dreams of reaching the stars have no bounds. https://t.co/MRR9OVmou7
For the first time in our nation’s history, an all-female crew walked in space today. It’s more than historic—it’s a reminder that for women, even the sky doesn’t have to be the limit. https://t.co/qmqypruQ7O— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 18, 2019
Netizens around the world have congratulated the astronauts for their successful spacewalk. Some have even called them as an 'inspiration' for other women in the world.
watching the first all female spacewalk this morning with my girl - showing her that she can, literally, dream and aim for the stars ✨🌙 👩🚀 #onegiantleapforWomen #allfemalespacewalk pic.twitter.com/4PXi7sPVqb— Genna J (@Jenni_gean) October 18, 2019
I am so proud of these women. I was constantly told that "girls can't do or be" fill in the blank. We are proving that there is nothing that we can't do, just things we haven't done yet. 👠— Sally morse (@Sallyann372) October 18, 2019
A spacewalk is necessary as the batteries that need to be changed are located in the extreme end of the station’s port truss. Given the complex location of the batteries, the 58-foot (17-meter) long robot arm in the space station is also unable to reach in this place. Thus, many spacewalks are being carried out by the engineers to replace the 12 old nickel-hydrogen batteries with six new lithium-ion batteries.