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President Trump Congratulates American Astronaut On New Space Record

President Donald Trump make a long distance call to space Monday, after an American astronaut broke a record for her time in space.

Along with his daughter Ivanka, the president congratulated Peggy Whitson on breaking the record for the most time any American astronaut has spent in space:  more than 534 days.

Whitson is the first female commander of the International Space Station.

Flight engineer Jack Fischer also joined in on the call.

He just arrived on the space station last week

The president has authorized funding for exploration of Mars.

That could be 20 years away.

Before signing off with a space somersault, both astronauts said they’re already setting their sights on the red planet.

Whitson is set to return to Earth in September, after logging 666 days in orbit.