- August 2, 2022
VP Harris Talks To Astronaut Mark Vande Hei
Keith’s note: This 5 minute conversation was recorded on 6 April 2022. The White house called Vande Hei’s cellphone. It then took The White House and NASA took 19 days to post it. FWIW the whole thing sounds mostly scripted.
From the White House: “On April 6th 2022, Vice President Kamala Harris called NASA Astronaut Mark Vande Hei, who returned to Earth on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, after 355 days living and working onboard the International Space Station (ISS), to congratulate Mark for setting the new American record for longest spaceflight.
The Vice President made the call from her office in the West Wing of the White House.
While clocking the single longest spaceflight by a NASA astronaut, Vande Hei contributed to dozens of studies, including six science investigations supported by NASA’s Human Research Program on the effects of long-duration spaceflight on the human body. After landing back on Earth, Vande Hei will continue to provide NASA scientists and doctors more information to better understand whether long-term human spaceflight makes astronauts more susceptible to injuries on returning to Earth. Results will also help NASA design protective measures in future spacecraft.”