Vice President Kamala Harris joked Friday that she would “write letters” to the Worldwide House Station after her name to astronauts orbiting Earth minimize out inside minutes.
“Extra to come back. We’ll write letters!” the vp cracked whereas nonetheless holding a telephone receiver at Houston’s Johnson House Heart.
Harris managed to ask a trio of astronauts some questions — together with about what they discovered from their time in house.
“That is like my Zooms all yr lengthy,” the VP joshed as she was patched by to the ISS.
“I’m so excited to be with you all as vp, as the pinnacle of the House Council and as an American who’s an area nerd,” Harris gushed as soon as the connection was made.
Harris then requested: “Are you able to share, for individuals who haven’t been on the Worldwide House Station: How does it impression your view of Earth when you’ve had that have?”
“We glance down and we see a world with no borders … We see and work with folks which can be, you already know, from all totally different backgrounds,” astronaut Bob Hines instructed Harris — who has confronted criticism in her function as President Biden’s US-Mexico border czar. The variety of folks arrested for illegally crossing the border has continued to develop and is projected to exceed 2 million in fiscal 2022 — a brand new document.
Hines additionally mentioned he realized “how fragile” Earth is and the way “we’ve got to maintain it.”
“Classes for all of us,” Harris replied. “We’re all on this collectively, aren’t we? However you’ll be able to see that whenever you’re in house — that we on Earth are all on this collectively. And I admire your level concerning the fragility of this stunning Earth of ours and the necessity subsequently to maintain it.”
Harris then requested the astronauts for classes on be “smarter” about taking good care of the planet.
Astronaut Jessica Watkins cited experiments on rising crops with out soil and anti-aging analysis.
Harris misplaced contact with the astronauts after telling them “I’m going to have a bunch of scholars with me at the moment” and asking for recommendation to go alongside.
The veep was ridiculed final yr for utilizing baby actors — quite than precise college students — to movie a video selling her management of the Nationwide House Council, a task beforehand held by her predecessor, Mike Pence.
Earlier Friday, Harris introduced an initiative to spice up variety among the many workforces of personal space-focused corporations which can be reliant on authorities contracts.
In a day speech, Harris rededicated the Biden administration to the objective of touchdown “the primary lady and individual of shade” on the moon this decade as a part of the Artemis program.
Former President Donald Trump dedicated to placing the primary lady on the moon by the Artemis program and NASA said shortly after Biden took workplace that the following lunar mission additionally would come with no less than one non-white member.
Solely 12 males — all People — have walked on the moon, starting with Neil Armstrong in 1969 and ending with Harrison Schmitt in 1972.