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New Space Science and Supplies Arrive at Station Saturday Morning

25 April 2017
New Space Science and Supplies Arrive at Station Saturday Morning

On April 24, the US President will congratulate Peggy Whitson for her outstanding career as an astronaut.

President Donald Trump is set to make an out-of-this-world call, literally, as he is scheduled to talk to a female astronaut, the commander of the International Space Station (ISS) Peggy Whitson.

NASA will be broadcasting the call live on NASA Television, from NASA's Ustream and YouTube websites, and on its Facebook page, and is making NASA "STEM on Station" materials available for classroom use.

The announcement was made on April 18 by NASA officials.

Nasa have been capturing 4K content from space for quite some time.

Space station commander Peggy Whitson - who on Monday will set a USA record for most accumulated time in orbit - notified Mission Control when S.S. John Glenn was captured.

She is bound to surpass the record previously established by Jeff Williams of 534 days.

The unmanned commercial spacecraft, on its seventh contracted resupply mission for NASA, was grappled by a robotic arm operated by astronauts inside the space station at 6:05 a.m. EDT (1005 GMT), the USA space agency said. Back in 2002, Whitson engages in her first space flight, being part of the Expedition 5 mission to the ISS and she got back home in 2007 while the Expedition 16 mission was unfolding. It finally arrived at the space station early Saturday morning, where the crew welcomed it with open robotic arms. Her first stint as commander was in April 2008 and she's commanding the current crew.

The decision to use the White House call to the ISS to excite young Americans about the space frontier, coheres with President Trump's earlier speech promoting NASA and evoking Kennedy's space program.

Information from nasa.gov was used in this report. Rather than returning to Earth with her Expedition 51 crew mates Oleg Novitsky of Roscosmos and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency in June as originally planned, Whitson will remain on the space station and return home with NASA's Jack Fischer and Roscosmos' Fyodor Yurchikhin.