President Donald Trump made a long distance call today to congratulate a pair of U.S. astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
USA Today reported that the President told Peggy Whitson, the commander of the space station “This is a very special day in the glorious history of American space flight.” Ms. Whitson is the first women to command the space station twice and today marked her passing the previous record of 534 cumulative days in space. The President told her “That’s an incredible record to break.”
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The Trump administration has proposed a $19.1 billion budget for NASA in the current budget, down slightly from the current allocation of $19.3 billion. The President has signaled his support for maintaining the funding levels for the Mars exploration program.
Astronaut Whitson told the President that “We are absolutely ready to go to Mars.” She also had some words of advice for students telling them that if they wanted to join the space program, they should start focusing their studies on the hard sciences.
The President’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, joined the President in making the congratulatory call. Ms. Trump has made education and opportunities for women a priority in the Trump administration.