Vice President Mike Pence spoke to American astronauts currently onboard the International Space Station from the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama Monday.
Pence relayed a message to astronauts Joe Acaba, Randy Bresnik and Mark Vande Hei from President Trump.
“He wanted me to convey his admiration and appreciation for your service and your courage,” Pence told the astronauts.
“I want you to know the President and I and every American sees each one of you as true trailblazers in a great American tradition,” Pence continued. “Under President Donald Trump, America is determined to lead once again not just in the lower orbit, but once again lead the world in space exploration.”
Pence then asked the astronauts a number of questions on a number of topics, touching from deep space exploration to how it feels to live in zero gravity.
After the question and answer exchange, Pence invited the three astronauts to the White House upon their return to Earth.