Watch VP Kamala Harris speak with NASA astronauts in space for Women’s History Month

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris made a particular name to the International Space Station (ISS) to have fun Women’s History Month and a few of the ground-breaking work astronauts are doing in orbit. 

NASA shared a video of the dialog between Harris and astronauts Shannon Walker and Kate Rubins, who’re at present working aboard the ISS for a six-month mission. The name, which NASA released on YouTube Wednesday (March 24), got here amid Women’s History Month. 

“Greetings from the White House, which is where I am right now,” Harris mentioned excitedly firstly of the video. “Congratulations on all of your success and just being women in space — you all are such incredible role models.” 

Video: VP Kamala Harris calls space station! Talks with NASA’s Shannon Walker and Kate Rubins
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Harris requested Walker and Rubins in regards to the analysis they’re at present engaged on and to share recommendation for youngsters who could also be in turning into astronauts or scientists. 

“I don’t think any of us ever really thought we would be astronauts,” Rubins, who was the first person to sequence DNA in space, mentioned in the video. “So I would encourage everybody who’s even thinking about it, just don’t hold yourself back. All of our crew members do what we do because we love it. We love every minute of it.” 

Some of the analysis being carried out on the space station right now consists of finding out 1000’s of tiny worms to have a look at how muscle strength changes in the surroundings of space, and dealing with free-floating satellites that may support future explorations to the moon and Mars. 

These satellites, called Astrobees, work alongside the astronauts autonomously or through distant management. The robots are designed to carry out routine chores and duties across the space station, similar to documenting experiments, working collectively to maneuver cargo or serving to discover misplaced items of apparatus. The astronauts are testing the robotic expertise in order that the Astrobees can sooner or later preserve future spacecraft whereas the crew is away, Walker defined in the video. 

“Science is hard work and people get scared by the coursework, and they think it’s rigorous and it’s going to be too hard for them,” Rubins mentioned in the video. “Science is amazing — it is so much fun, it makes every day fun, and we love it. We love doing science in space.” 

Harris expressed her gratitude for the astronauts’ work and prolonged an invite to them to return go to the White House after they return to Earth. 

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“Last month I spoke with Astronauts Dr. Shannon Walker and Dr. Kate Rubins aboard the International Space Station. They are setting an example for little girls around the world to dream big, lead with conviction, and to see themselves as the scientists and astronauts of tomorrow,” Harris said in a tweet

This wasn’t the primary time Harris known as the space station since taking workplace. In February she known as the orbiting laboratory to congratulate NASA astronaut Victor Glover for turning into the primary Black astronaut to fly a long-duration mission to the space station. Glover, who arrived on the ISS on a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule in November, is now 4 months into his deliberate six-month keep. 

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