President Donald Trump, asking questions with his daughter Ivanka and astronaut Kate Rubins from the Oval Office, talked with NASA representatives on livestream Monday about getting to Mars during his presidency, the Gateway Pundit reports.
The president was calling the International Space Station crew to congratulate astronaut Peggy Whitson for her record-breaking time spent in space.
Whitson has been in space for over 534 days, which was the previous record.
Trump praised her saying, “534 days in space – that’s an incredible record to break, and on behalf of our country and on behalf of the world we would like to congratulate you.”
He also said he would like to see a human mission to Mars and asked what is the timing for that.
When Whitson said a Mars mission would probably happen in the 2030s, the president joked that NASA would have to speed up its timeline so that it will happen “during my first term or, at worst, during my second term.”