At 56, Peggy Whitson Will become Oldest Woman Astronaut

Enlarge this imageU.S. astronaut Peggy Whitson gestures ahead of the start with the Soyuz MS-03 spaceship towards the Intercontinental Area Station on Thursday.Dmitri Lovetsky Dee Gordon Jersey /APhide captiontoggle captionDmitri Lovetsky/APU.S. astronaut Peggy Whitson gestures prior to the launch of the Soyuz MS-03 spaceship on the Global Space Station on Thursday.Dmitri Lovetsky/APNASA astronaut Peggy Whitson arrived with the Intercontinental Area Station this weekend, producing her the oldest woman in space at age 56. Over the mi sion, she’s projected to when once more turn out to be the U.S. astronaut along with the most time spent in orbit. This really is Whitson’s third mi sion about the space station; she’ll soon turn into its commander for that next time. Collectively, she’s used far more than a year of her life in space. When Whitson lands back on earth in spring of 2017 , she’ll have ama sed a lot more time in orbit than Jeff Williams, who established a completely new U.S. mark in September with whole off-planet time of 534 days. That’s if the return date of Whitson’s Soyuz MS-03 craft continues to be in Might, as claimed by A former NASA release had placed the return day in late April. Here’s how NASA summarizes Whitson’s occupation in orbit:”The Iowa indigenous completed two six-month tours of responsibility aboard the station for Expedition five in 2002, and because the station commander for Expedition 16 in 2008. She has gathered 377 days in house among the two mi sions, the most for just about any U.S. girl at the time of her return to Earth. Whitson has also done six spacewalks, totaling 39 hrs and forty six minutes.” Whitson, who holds doctorate in biochemistry, will flip 57 throughout her present-day ISS mi sion.

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