President Trump made a lot of space-geeks very happy on Monday. The POTUS was talking to NASA astronauts on the ISS via a livestream and at some point during the “interview”, he instructed them to do everything in their power (as in testing/innovating new equipment) to get to Mars, the Red Planet within his first term as President. Or, worst case scenario, during his second term.
Initially, the astronauts told President Trump that NASA is considering “boots on the ground” on Mars sometime in 2030. The President was not happy with that lax deadline and he stepped up to the plate, promising NASA his full support for making history again in a JFK-esque fashion.
The President was calling up the American astronauts on the Space Station for congratulating them, especially Ms. Whitson for breaking the stay-in-space record, as she’s been up there for 534 days and counting.
The Donald congratulated the astronauts via a video link streamed live from the Oval Office, where he was joined by a NASA astronaut and his daughter Ivanka.
— NASA (@NASA) April 24, 2017
The POTUS was quoted as saying:
“All over we have astronauts and we have everybody who are flying right now 17,000 miles per hour.
“That’s about as fast as I’ve ever heard, I wouldn’t want to fly 17,000 miles an hour but that’s what you have to do.
“534 days in space – that’s an incredible record to break, and on behalf of our country and on behalf of the world we would like to congratulate you”.
And there was a comic moment during the exchange, when Ms. Whitson said:
“Water is such a precious resource up here that we also are cleaning up our urine and making it drinkable. And it’s really not as bad as it sounds,”
and the Donald replied:
“That’s good, I’m glad to hear that. Better you than me.”