"It is the first step because we're going to the moon, and then we're going to Mars".
It's possible that Koch and Meir could conduct another spacewalk together. "This is just the first time there have been two women outside at the same time", Meir said. "I think that could very well be a milestone", Bridenstine said, according to a report.
In the history of spaceflight, only 15 women have ever walked in space, including Meir and Koch.
Aldrin said in July that he was "disappointed" with the progress America's space program has made over the past 50 years while on the White House in July to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. The component allows the space station to manage its power reserves, making it an incredibly important piece of the system that ensures the space station remains powered up even when its solar panels aren't receiving sunlight. But in space, the lack of gravity means that any movement can send an astronaut spinning or turning.
As it looks to return to the Moon, NASA is open to the idea of worldwide participation, which could mean a non-American setting foot on Earth's natural satellite for the first time in history, global space chiefs said Monday. Meir is scheduled to return to Earth in spring 2020. It was the 221st spacewalk in support of space station assembly, maintenance and upgrades, the fourth for Koch and the first for Meir.
When Koch returned from her spacewalk Friday, she reported the presence of something on her glove, which was investigated. It was not immediately clear when those spacewalks would resume. He said he has high expectations for Japan's contribution to future missions. "First of all, we don't want to take too much credit, because there have been many other female space walkers before us".