Astronaut Trump? Ivanka says she wanted to go to space in NASA visit

Ivanka Trump and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz tour NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Texas, with astronaut Nicole Mann.

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While Ivanka Trump has a high-profile job the advise of her father, the president of the United States, she told the International space station’s Expedition 56 crew Thursday (Sept. 20) that they had different childhood ambitions.

“I think I can speak for all of us to say that you inspire us. You actually have my dream,” she said to the crew via a video call from NASA’s Mission Control Center. “I always wanted to be an astronaut, and I always wanted to the space. You are the fulfillment of my dream.”

Trump made her comments while touring NASA’s Johnson Space Center with astronaut Nicole Mann, one of the crew members recently selected for future missions commercial crew vehicles. Mann, along with astronauts Christopher Ferguson and Eric Boe will be the first Boeing Starliner test flight. The official flight date is not yet determined, not yet, but NASA hopes to launch commercial crew flights next year.

The 36-year-old daughter on her tour was a Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who represents NASA’s Johnson’s home state of Texas. Photos of the tour showed Trump look at space suits, walking through a large simulator facility and enjoy a miniature model of the space station.

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“The International Space Station is certainly a fantastic laborating in the space, and it is a great partnership,” NASA astronaut Drew Feustel, who commands the station’s Expedition 56 crew members, said Trump during her conversation. “We look forward to further activities together, internationally and to work together.”

Trump also spoke with Holly Ridings, who this week became the first woman in the history of NASA to serve as the chief flight director, according to the Daily Mail. Later, Trump spoke with local high school students who participate in robotics competitions under the direction of NASA engineers.

Trump’s father, President Donald Trump, made a number of high-profile space decisions in the past year. He swore officially in Jim Bridenstine as NASA administrator in August, nearly a year after the first nomination of him in Congress. Bridenstine effort to get votes in the U.S. Senate, and his nomination was delayed for months; officials cited several reservations about Bridenstine the appointment, such as his earlier comments about climate change, and LGBTQ issues.

President Trump announced in June that he would like to implement a “Space Force” to protect U.S. space infrastructure. And in December 2017, the president directed NASA to send crews to the moon in the next ten years, rather than aiming directly for Mars — the policy of the previous administration.

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