Dr. Peggy Annette Whitson is a biochemistry scientist and also a former NASA Chief Astronaut. On Thursday, the 57-year-old specialist set off along with space station commander Shane Kimbrough, to perform a series of operations for the International Space Station. She is supposed to install a new docking port for ferry ships, upgrade computer relay box, and attach shielding for protection. Thanks to her latest space mission, the oldest spacewoman in history have just set a new record.
The Oldest Spacewoman Has Just Set a New Record
Shane Kimbrough and Peggy Whitson have been aboard the Quest aircraft for some time now. Together they managed to install the second NASA docking port in just a matter of one week. This project will play an important part in future Boeing and SpaceX commercial crew projects. The two spacewalkers had to connect heater cables to the spacewalk. The last task was for them to activate shields to protect the secondary parking spot from ulterior strikes of micrometeorites.
While in the middle of her Thursday mission, Peggy Whitson managed to score a new record in the space industry. She accumulated enough spacewalking time to take the place of Sunita Williams. She is a former space station resident who was the first woman to accumulate 50 hours and 40 minutes of space work. Williams will be part together with other three NASA astronauts of the first test flights of Crew Dragon from SpaceX as well as of Boeing Starliner spacecraft.
Peggy Whitson Is to Return to Earth in September
Peggy Whitson has been living in space since November 19th, 2016. This expedition marked as well the first event when the oldest spacewoman flew into space. The mission was also the seventh space expedition for Peggy Whitson which brought her side by side with Sunita Williams one more time for another record in this domain. She managed to accumulate more than 500 days lived in space which is more than any other woman has ever experienced.
The initial schedule positioned the return of Peggy Whitson on Earth sometime during the month of June. However, further complications might extend her mission for three more months. This means that she might come back in September after all. Moreover, she might return to the board of the Russian spacecraft Soyuz.
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