Apr 21, 2017 02:05 PM EDT
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is allotted a $19.5 Billion budget by the United States Government. President Donald Trump is keen to put that good money in motion. The nation is looking forward to his talk with the International Space Station Commander Peggy Whitson on Monday, April 24, 2017.
Commander Whitson will be spending her 535th day in space, the longest space detail of an American astronaut. She surpassed Astronaut Jeffrey Williams' stay in space of 520 days. The 57-year-old biochemist has 8 spacewalks under her shoes and is preparing for a ninth mission. President Donald Trump wants to personally convey his support for the efforts done by the men and women of NASA in the field of Space Exploration.
White House Spokesperson Terry Spicer confirmed that President Donald Trump will be talking to Commander Whitson and fellow astronaut Jack Fisher. The talk will partly be about the encouragement of women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). These are important fields for women to develop into as this is the trend of what is happening all over the world, Spicer adds. Astronaut Kate Rubins and Ivanka Trump, whose advocacy is women empowerment in the White House, will also be present in the talk with the wing commander, as reported by ABC News.
The talk between President Donald Trump and Commander Whitson will be on NASA TV live. The video talk will be made available by NASA to schools, museums, and other public institutions across the United States and around the world. NASA officials wrote in a statement that they will make available STEM on Station educational materials for schools to encourage students and would be astronauts of the relevance of their studies with respect to practical activities in space. Examples of these activities that are relevant to classroom subjects are Newton's Law of Motion, Law of Gravity, Advancement in Technology, and Surface Tension, as reported by SPACE.
President Trump expressed pride for the men and women of NASA as he signed the bill for budget spending for NASA's missions. He says that millions of citizens will be encouraged of the selfless dedication that the astronauts and ground crew offer to their country.
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