Trump interrupts first All-Women spacewalk, has a big OOPS moment
It looks like that not only Joe Biden is the politician that makes gaffes. They also happen to the other senior US politicians, just like recently to President Donald Trump.
Two American astronauts, Jessica Meir and Christina Koch did historic spacewalk together in the last days. Why historic? It was the first time ever when two female astronauts walked together in space. Surely, there were also other female astronauts that did this, but they were always alone, like for example Svetlana Savitskaya (Soviet Union) in 1984 or Kathryn Sullivan in the same year.
To celebrate Meir's and Koch's historic spacewalk, President Donald Trump connected with them last Friday and praised their "history-making" walk in outer space. During the conference, he was seated together with his daughter Ivanka, Vice President Mike Pence and Jim Bridenstine from NASA. But later Trump got his facts wrong, saying that “this is the first time for a woman outside of the space station,” which was obviously not true.
He was quickly corrected by two female astronauts though. “First of all, we don’t want to take too much credit, because there have been many other female spacewalkers before us,” politely said Jessica Meir. Later she continued her modest and polite talk, saying that they were only "doing their jobs" and they were just the crew that happened to be "tasked with this assignment."
Jessica Meir finished her talk in a truly American and entrepreneurial spirit. “We also hope we can provide an inspiration to everybody—not only women, but to everybody—that has a big dream and is willing to work hard to make that dream come true,” she said.
After complimenting the two of them and getting some facts wrong, Trump ended his brief call.
In my opinion, it doesn't matter that much if Trump got confused a little bit or not. What really matters is the fact that humans can explore space and there is a possibility to communicate with them in real-time, at a distance of tens of thousands of kilometers. Which is something that people from few generations before would never think of.