US President Donald Trump made a congratulatory video call to the world’s first all-female spacewalking team from Washington DC on Friday.
Trump hailed the event as "truly historic" and went on to address the space walkers, saying: "What you do is incredible. You're very brave people."
NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir became the first all-female group of astronauts to conduct a spacewalk mission earlier on Friday to replace a failed power control unit.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine joined the president for the call in the cabinet room along with Vice President Mike Pence and the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump.
Bridenstine iterated the US space agency’s goal of returning to the Moon by 2024 with the first woman and "next man" on the South Pole of the Moon with Trump adding "so first the Moon then we go to Mars."