Astronaut Peggy Whitson breaks NASA’s record for longest time in space

PHOTO DATE: 12 January 2016
LOCATION: Sonny Carter Training Facility - Neutral Buoyancy Lab
SUBJECT: Expedition 50/51 crew members Peggy Whitson and Thomas Pesquet of ESA underwater during a suited run for ISS EVA Maintenance 7 (Battery) training.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Bill Brassard (NBL)

PHOTO DATE: 12 January 2016 LOCATION: Sonny Carter Training Facility - Neutral Buoyancy Lab SUBJECT: Expedition 50/51 crew members Peggy Whitson and Thomas Pesquet of ESA underwater during a suited run for ISS EVA Maintenance 7 (Battery) training. PHOTOGRAPHER: Bill Brassard (NBL)

„Astronaut Peggy Whitson has touched down on Earth after clocking up a record length of time in space, breaking NASA’s record.
The astronaut touched down from her latest mission on board the International Space Station after clocking up her total number of days to 665 – a world record for any other American or woman. She and her two crewmates, fellow NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, made a safe parachute landing in Kazakhstan just before 2.30am (local time) on Sunday. Ms Whitson also set other records, which included becoming the world’s oldest spacewoman at the age of 57 and also the most experienced female spacewalker with 10 outings. The biochemist, originally from Iowa, was also the first woman commander of the space station. (…)“

Original article on independent.co.uk
Image Credit: Bill Brassard (NBL) nasa.gov

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