NASA’s Peggy Whitson takes authority of space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Apr 9 (Reuters) – NASA’s Peggy Whitson, shortly to turn a many gifted U.S. wanderer in terms of time spent in space, insincere authority of a International Space Station on Sunday as dual Russian organisation members and an American prepared to fly behind to Earth.

For Whitson, 57, it was her second army in assign of a $100 billion station, a multinational plan overseen by a National Aeronautics and Space Administration and a Russian space group Roscosmos.

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On Apr 24, Whitson will have spent some-more time in space than any other American astronant, leading a stream U.S. record of 534 days hold by NASA’s Jeff Williams, 59. She already hold annals for a many time spent in space by a lady and for a many time spent spacewalking by a woman.

“She will set another record during this moment,” a vacating U.S. commander, Shane Kimbrough, pronounced during a Sunday change of authority rite aired on NASA TV. “She becomes a initial two-time womanlike commander of a International Space Station.”

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Kimbrough and Russian crewmates Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko were scheduled to hang adult a 173-day goal on Monday, with a parachute alighting in Kazakhstan during 7:21 a.m. EDT (1121 GMT).

Their replacements, NASA’s Jack Fischer and Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos, were due to arrive on Apr 20 during a station, that is in circuit about 250 miles (400 km) above Earth.

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The U.S. and Russian space agencies final week concluded to extend Whitson’s goal by 3 months to fill in as a new crew’s third member.

Russia is shortening a hire cadre from 3 to dual members until a new scholarship laboratory is launched subsequent year, a conduct of Roscosmos pronounced during a U.S. Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, final week.

Whitson flew to a hire in Nov with Russia’s Oleg Novitskiy and France’s Thomas Pesquet. The group were scheduled to fly behind to Earth but Whitson on Jun 2.

She was due to lapse to Earth in Sep with Fischer and Yurchikhin, carrying amassed a career U.S. record of some-more than 665 days in orbit. Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, with 878 days in orbit, is a world’s many gifted space flier. (Editing by Frank McGurty and Jonathan Oatis)

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