Trump to astronaut: 'Better you than me' to drink urine

29 April, 2017, 20:14 | Author: Lorena Waters
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"On behalf of our nation, and frankly, on behalf of the world, I'd like to congratulate you".

"This is a very special day in the glorious history of American spaceflight", Trump said in a phone call to space, broadcast live on NASA television. "I want all the young people out there to recognize that the real steps [to getting to Mars] are going to be taken in a few years", she said. In 2008, she became the first woman to command the International Space Station (ISS).

At 1:27 a.m. Eastern, Whitson, 57, surpassed a record previously held by astronaut Jeff Williams, who spent 534 cumulative days in space. She is now on a mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and by the time she comes back down to Earth, she will have logged in a total of 650 days in space.

"That's an incredible record to break", he added from the Oval Office, flanked by daughter Ivanka and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins. Dr. Peggy Whitson was seen standing with another astronaut who come in space last week, Col. Jack Fischer.

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The latter praised Whitson, a biochemist, and Rubins, a biologist who studies cancer, as examples of accomplished women in science and math. When discussing how the ISS crew reuses their urine to make potable water, Trump replied, "Better you than me".

Fischer described the experiments on board the ISS as "by far the best example of global cooperation and what we can do when we work together, in the history of humanity".

"It's really not as bad as it sounds", Ms Whitson told Mr Trump about the recycling program on the International Space Station that converts astronaut urine into drinkable water.

In addition, the record-breaking Whitson has logged more spacewalking time than any other female astronaut. "On my first space shuttle mission, STS-122, she was elevated to Shero status because she was also kind, generous, inclusive and did everything with grace". She joined NASA in 1989 and was picked as a candidate to be an astronaut seven years later.

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