Christina Koch and Jessica Meir make history as the first female duo to do a spacewalk

Posted at 6:43 PM, Oct 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-21 12:34:21-04

There was some polite maneuvering up in space as astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir made their way outside the International Space Station to replace a battery. Meir walked hand over hand -- Koch kitched a ride on a robotic arm.

For the first time in history, two female astronauts are spacewalking together. Koch, also happens to be a recent resident of Livingston, Montana.

"Certainly woment have walked in space before, 15 in fact, 14 of those NASA astronauts," said Bill Harwood, CBS News Space Analyst. "But this is the first time it's been all women, and that's generated a lot of excitement.

President trump spoke directly to the astronauts as they were finising up their work, some 260 miles above the earth.

"This is really just us doing our job," Meir said. "At the same time, we recognize that this is a historic achievement, and we want to give credit to all of those who came before us."

And they're hopeful there will be many more all female spacewalks to come.