Kelly Clarkson Talks to NASA Astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch

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Kelly Clarkson Had a Great Conversation with Jessica Meir and Christina Koch about Spacewalks, Moonwalks, and Astronaut Self-Care

Kelly Clarkson started out as an American Idol, but the pop singer now dominates daytime television. Yesterday, she called the ISS and spoke with two of NASA’s finest. Astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch recently made history by completing the first all-female spacewalk. And that was just one of the topics covered during yesterday’s call. Clarkson, of course, asked about music and other more whimsical topics, too.

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The interview started with the usual daytime television chit-chat, i.e. “What’s it like being in space?” etc. then moved on to scientific topics. Both Meir and Koch explained experiments that they are working on, and the importance of their research. 

Of course, then Clarkson had to bring it back to the really important stuff—she asked if anyone has ever moonwalked during a spacewalk. She was, of course, referring to the dance move made famous by Michael Jackson back in the 1980s, which has nothing to do with walking on the moon. Neither Koch nor Meir could confirm any such incident has ever taken place. They did, however, say that they’d mention it to Andrew Morgan and Luca Parmitano before they go out for an EVA (spacewalk) tomorrow. So there’s a chance.

Jessica Meir and Christina Koch as Role Models

Much has been made of this duo of amazing women, and rightly so. They’ve accomplished a first and broken a gender barrier. And nobody can ever take that from them. Naturally, this led Clarkson to ask them if they had any advice for young women out there. Koch responded, “I think that one of the things every single astronaut will say is, it’s important to follow your passions.” Meir followed up with, “You really have to remember that it’s OK to take a risk. You have to be willing to take that risk and accept that you’re going to fail along the way.”

Clarkson also asked about self-care, which can be incredibly important on long, taxing missions. Unfortunately, according to Koch and Meir, there’s not a whole lot of time to be alone and rejuvenate while aboard the ISS. Basically meal times and sleep count for the most part, but one of the favorite pastimes is looking out the window. “It is absolutely, phenomenally beautiful,” Koch said.

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Brandon Humphreys

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I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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