Trump calls as­tro­naut who set U.S. record for time in space

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION -

CAPE CANAVERAL | Pres­i­dent Trump made a very long dis­tance phone call to the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion, to con­grat­u­late its com­man­der on break­ing the record for the most time spent in space of any Amer­i­can as­tro­naut.

The pres­i­dent spoke Mon­day with Peggy Whit­son, com­man­der of the

In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion, and fel­low as­tro­naut Jack Fis­cher.

Ms. Whit­son, the first woman to com­mand the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion, sur­passed the record of 534 days, two hours and 48 min­utes for most ac­cu­mu­lated time in or­bit by an Amer­i­can.

That record was set last year by Jef­frey Wil­liams.

Mr. Trump joked that the call was pos­si­ble be­cause of “great Amer­i­can equip­ment that works, and that is not easy.”

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