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

Justin Greene
April 27, 2017

Nasa astronaut Jack Fischer, who arrived at the space station last week and took part in Monday's call, said the space station is "by far the best example of worldwide cooperation".

In simpler words, the NASA astronaut has now spent more time in space than any other American by logging 534 days, 2 hours and 49 minutes (and counting) away from Earth, thereby breaking Jeffrey (Jeff) Williams' record of spending 534 days in spaceflight.

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson on Monday set a new USA record for most cumulative days spent in space, surpassing cosmonaut Jeff Williams' record of 534 days aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Last month, Trump signed legislation authorizing $19.5 billion in funding for NASA to speed up its process to send humans to Mars. "Better you than me". "I'm glad to hear that".

Trump - asking questions from the Oval Office with his daughter Ivanka by his side, and with astronaut Kate Rubins and top advisers filling out the room - clearly relished the drama of the unusual call.

Ms Whitson was already the world's most experienced spacewoman and female spacewalker and, at 57, the oldest woman in space. In 2002, she made her first journey to the International Space Station. This is Whitson's third long-duration stay onboard the space station, and in March her mission was extended into September, increasing the amount of valuable astronaut time available for experiments on board the station.

"It's a huge honor to break a record like this", Whitson said with a beaming smile.

When Whitson repeated her mention of the 2030s - citing space flight's need for "a lot of time and money" - Trump jokingly replied, "Well, we want to try and do it during my first term or, at worst, during my second term". She held a number of research-related positions, and in 1992 was named project scientist of the Shuttle-Mir Programme.

The world record - 879 days - is held by Russian Gennady Padalka.

He said he's more impressed by the astronauts than by any of the politicians he deals with in Washington.

But before the human race can go past earth's orbit, vast technical challenges have to be overcome.

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