Ivanka Trump tours NASA center in Houston, calls space crew

Astronaut Nicole Mann, left, shows Ivanka Trump the Orion capsule mock up as she gives Trump a tour of the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility at NASA's Johnson Space Center on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Houston. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Ivanka Trump high fives a space suit as astronaut Nicole Mann gives her a tour of the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility during a visit to NASA's Johnson Space Center on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Houston. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Ivanka Trump looks at a robot during a tour of the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility at NASA's Johnson Space Center on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Houston. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Astronaut Nicole Mann, left, talks to Ivanka Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Rep. Brian Babin, about a line of space suit as gives a tour of the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility during a visit to NASA's Johnson Space Center on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Houston. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Astronaut Nicole Mann, left, talks to Ivanka Trump about a line of space suit as Mann gives her a tour of the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility during a visit to NASA's Johnson Space Center on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Houston. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)

HOUSTON — Ivanka Trump made a telephone call to the International Space Station and spoke to the crew while touring NASA's Johnson Space Center.

Trump, who is an adviser to her father, President Donald Trump, talked to the space station crew whose members are flying 250 miles (402 kilometers) above the Earth's surface. She also spoke to students from nearby public schools who are participating in an international robotics competition.

Her visit to the center Thursday in Houston came during a stop on her campaign tour of Texas for Republican candidates in the Nov. 6 midterm elections. The White House said her appearance was intended to draw attention to students learning about science and technology.

She was accompanied by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, U.S. Rep. Brian Babin and state Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, all Texas Republicans facing Democratic challengers.

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