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

Delia Watkins
May 9, 2017

As part of the celebration, Peggy received a call from President Donald Trump congratulating her on the record-breaking accomplishment.

He was speaking to the International Space Station from the White House Oval Office to congratulate NASA Commander Peggy Whitson, for breaking the U.S. record for the number of days in space. First Daughter Ivanka Trump, and fellow astronaut Kate Rubins were also present in the Oval Office during the call.

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The 57-year-old Whitson was a scientist before she was an astronaut, earning graduate degrees in biochemistry from Rice University in Houston before coming to conduct research at NASA's Johnson Space Center in 1989. But she's actually been smashing records, standing up for science, and sticking it to the patriarchy for years now, making her an incredible inspiration for girls in STEM, or really, for anyone who admires dedication, bravery, and teamwork. Whitson's current mission is projected to last five more months at least, which means she'll rack up over 650 days in space if all goes as planned. "Better you than me". She is also the first woman to command the International Space Station twice.

The International Space Station's commander spoke to the USA leader as she surpassed the record of 534 days, two hours and 48 minutes to clock the most accumulated time spent in space by an American.

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"I've been dealing with politicians so much", said Trump.

Whitson was born in the small city of Mount Ayr, Iowa in 1960. Trump spoke at length with the record-breaking astronaut during the 20-minute "Earth-to-space" call session.

"Trump signed a bill in late March to authorise funding for NASA, and to create a plan for putting people on Mars by the 2030s".

The president asked about the experiments being conducted on the station, which Fischer called "by far the best example of worldwide cooperation, and what we can do when we work together, in the history of humanity".

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