President Trump to talk with US Astronauts on Space Station Monday
- Author: Joey Payne Apr 25, 2017,
Apr 25, 2017, 3:30
In Cape Canaveral, Florida, another ULA's space rocket will be launched and headed towards the International Space Center with carrying an Orbital ATK cargo ship for the present astronauts in the space. The goal of the call is to congratulate the successful astronaut for her extraordinary achievements in space.
Trump's daughter Ivanka and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins will join the President in the Oval Office for the call; NASA astronaut Jack Fischer, who arrived yesterday for his first stay on the ISS, will join Whitson on the call. Eastern time through the use of a robotic arm and maneuvered the spacecraft to the Nadir berthing port on the space laboratory's Unity module that concluded at 8.39 a.m.
"The crew of Expedition 51 would like to congratulate all the teams at NASA, Orbital ATK and the contractors for a flawless cargo delivery mission", Pesquet radioed after grappling the cargo ship.
"We're very proud to welcome on board the S.S. John Glenn".
"Commander of the station's Expedition 51 crew, Whitson will officially set the US record Monday for most cumulative days in space, surpassing NASA astronaut Jeff Williams' record of 534 days", a NASA official said in a press release. The contents "will be put to good use to continue our mission of research, exploration and discovery". And with her eighth spacewalk on March 30 (seven hours-plus long), she set the record for most spacewalks conducted by a female astronaut, totaling 53 hours and 22 minutes working out-and-about in space in a spacesuit. After her ninth spacewalk, she will move up to No. 3 in the world, behind cosmonaut Anatoly Solovyev and former astronaut Mike Lopez-Alegria. It finally arrived at the space station early Saturday morning, where the crew welcomed it with open robotic arms.
Novitskiy and Pesquet plan to return to Earth June 2 to close out a 196-day mission. She is now the Commander of the ISS crew, making her the first woman to command the space station twice (she also headed the mission during her second six-month stay in 2007-2008).