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Here's how to watch Trump's call to space to congratulate record-setting astronaut

Published Apr. 24, 2017

International Space Station commander Peggy Whitson early Monday will set the U.S. record for most accumulated time in orbit.

President Donald Trump, his daughter, Ivanka, and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins will make a special 20-minute, Earth-to-space call at 10 a.m. to personally congratulate Whitson.

She is making her third flight aboard the space station. She will surpass the 534-day, two-hour-and-change mark set by astronaut Jeffrey Williams last year.

Whitson, 57, arrived at the space station Nov. 19, 2016, and is sharing her experiences in space on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook.

She is the first woman to command the space station twice and holds the record for most spacewalks conducted by a female astronaut.

Whitson's time in space is being extended an additional three months.

NASA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos, signed an agreement to extend Whitson's stay on the space station into Expedition 52. 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. That landing is targeted for September.

"This is great news," Whitson said earlier this month. "I love being up here. Living and working aboard the space station is where I feel like I make the greatest contribution, so I am constantly trying to squeeze every drop out of my time here. Having three more months to squeeze is just what I would wish for."

Here's how to watch NASA's live coverage of the president's call to Whitson at 10 a.m.:

NASA Television: nasa.gov/live

Facebook: facebook.com/NASA/

YouTube: https://youtu.be/UdmHHpAsMVw

NASA App for iOS http://itunes.apple.com/app/nasa-app/id334325516?mt=8

NASA App for Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.nasa

NASA App for Amazon Fire and Fire TV http://amzn.com/B00ZVR87LQ

The NASA App also is also available to Apple TV users

Information from nasa.gov was used in this report.

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