Monday, April 24, 2017

534 Days and Counting for Astronaut Peggy Whitson

April 24th, 2017, Peggy Whitson broke the record for being the NASA astronaut with the most time accumulated in space. She has spent more than 534 days in space, and at the end of this journey in September, she will have 650 days. That will be difficult to beat. Peggy is also the oldest female from the USA to be in space. She is the first female astronaut/biochemist to be the commander of the International Space Station twice. Now holds the record for most female astronaut space walks.

Peggy's dream of becoming an astronaut began when she was a child. When she was older and saw the first female astronauts being chosen for missions, she knew what she wanted to do and that was shoot for the stars. She began working at NASA in the 80's and had her first mission to the space station in 2001. She tweeted yesterday, "It is one of those rides that you hope never ends." I hope it never does. We need more women in STEM fields. Thank you for being a great role model!

Sources: twitter,, NPR news

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