On November 19, after two days aboard a Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft, NASA’s Peggy Whitson, along with Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy and rookie ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, docked at the International Space Station (ISS). In doing so, America’s most experienced female astronaut became the oldest woman in space, breaking the former record set by Barbara Morgan who reached the ISS at age 55.
Whitson, who has already spent a combined 377 days in space — the most by any woman — during her two previous missions (2002 and 2007-2008), is no stranger to records. She was the first female non-military pilot to serve as chief of NASA’s astronaut office at the Johnson Space Center and the first woman to command the ISS in 2007-2008. The veteran astronaut will set another first when she takes the ISS lead again during this mission.
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