But she's actually been smashing records, standing up for science, and sticking it to the patriarchy for years now, making her an incredible inspiration for girls in STEM, or really, for anyone who admires dedication, bravery, and teamwork. In March, she went on her eighth spacewalk, the most by a female astronaut.
"But I don't really think it became a goal until I graduated from high school and the first female astronauts were selected", she said. Whitson and her newest crewmate NASA astronaut Jack Fischer discussed NASA's research in space and its plans to go to Mars in the 2030's.
"Well, that's good, I'm glad to hear that", Mr Trump said.
The call was scheduled to congratulate Whitson on breaking the record for longest time spent in space by an American astronaut.
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The 57-year-old Whitson is the most experienced USA woman astronaut.
Whitson mentioned NASA is now building hardware to test a new heavy launch vehicle that will take humans further from Earth than ever before. By the end of her current stint in space she will have spent 666 days in orbit between three space flights. "Is there a schedule and when would you see that happening?" the president asked.
Her fellow US astronaut Jack Fisher arrived at the ISS last week for the first time.
"Well, we want to try and do it during my first term, or, at worst, during my second term, so we'll have to speed that up a little bit, OK?" She returned in 2008 as commander of Expedition 16. While aboard the ISS, she sequenced DNA, an experiment that she said had far-reaching implications in space and on Earth.
".Unfortunately, spaceflight takes a lot of time and money, so getting there will require some worldwide cooperation to get it to be a planet-wide approach in order to make it successful, just because it is a very expensive endeavor".
Ms Whitson told the president that spaceflight takes a lot of time and money, so getting to Mars will require collaboration from other countries to succeed. She then put out the call to students to study STEM courses to help NASA out on the trek to Mars. She told reporters in preflight interviews that it gets easier with age, knowing what to expect and how to set priorities for her mission.