President Trump called NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson at the International Space Station Monday to congratulate her on clinching the record for most time in space by an American.
“This is a very special day in the glorious history of American spaceflight,” said Trump, praising Whitson’s cumulative record of 534 days in space, and counting. “That’s an incredible record to break,” he added.
Whitson broke the U.S. record for most cumulative time in space at 1:27 a.m. ET Monday. The astronaut has another five months in orbit with the recent extension of her stay on the International Space Space Station.
This is Whitson’s third long-duration stay on the International Space Station – she will have spent more than 650 days in space by the time she returns to Earth in September.
Originally published by Fox News.