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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Peggy Whitson Sets New Space Record

Peggy Whitson, US Astronaut and the first international space station female commander, will set a new American record with 377 cumulative days in space by the time she lands in Kazakhstan aboard the Russian Soyuz TMA-11 on Saturday [Whitson bio video].

Whitson took the American spaceflight record from fellow NASA astronaut Mike Foale, who spent 373 days, 18 hours and 18 minutes in orbit during six career spaceflights that included a tour as ISS commander during the Expedition 8 mission between 2003 and 2004.

During Whitson's most recent tenure as the international space station commander, she participated in the installation of Harmony, Columbus, the first part of Kibo module additions as well as the docking of the Jules Verne space freighter, three space shuttles, and another Soyuz spacecraft. She commanded Americans, Russians, an Italian, a Frenchman, a German, a South Korean, and a Japanese crew at the station during the most recent stint as the ranking space station officer.

Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev holds the record for the most days in orbit with stints aboard two U.S. shuttle flights and four long-duration missions to the Space Station Mir and ISS for a total of 803 days in space.

1 comment:

John Benac said...

Rock on Peggy! Next record beaters are the ones who go to Mars!