President Trump to Congratulate Astronaut Peggy Whitson on Record-Breaking Time in Space

International Space Station (ISS) commander Peggy Whitson has combined a new record to a list of her trailblazing achievements. At 1.27 a.m. ET on Apr 24 she became a U.S. wanderer with a longest accumulative time spent in space: 534 days, 2 hours, 49 mins and counting.


Whitson took a climax during her third long-duration mission, violence Jeff Williams, who had racked adult 534 days, 2 hours and 48 minutes. In her prior dual missions to a ISS in 2002 and 2008, Whitson available a sum 376 days in space. Her stream goal started in November, when she set off from Kazakhstan with Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy and French wanderer Thomas Pesquet, and will finish in September, when she will have clocked in a record of some-more than 650 days spent in space.

U.S. President Donald Trump, his daughter and special confidant Ivanka Trump, and NASA wanderer Kate Rubins are approaching to make a 20-minute, Earth-to-space call during 10 a.m. ET Monday to honour Whitson. NASA will shade a call live around a radio channel and around amicable media:

The Iowa local is accustomed to creation space history. She became a initial lady to authority a ISS in 2008 and in Apr she became a initial lady to do that twice.

Whitson, who during 57 is also a oldest lady to go to space, began her NASA career in a 1980s after gaining a doctorate in biochemistry. She became an wanderer in 1996 and done her initial outing to a ISS in 2002. In 2009 she became a initial lady to be allocated arch of a Astronaut Office, a position she hold until 2012.

Peggy Whitson U.S. Astronaut Peggy Whitson flew to her third goal to a International Space Station (ISS) in Nov 2016. When her goal ends in September, she will have spent some-more than 650 accumulative days in space. Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

In March, her eighth spacewalk set a new record for a many spacewalks by a lady and she is set to make her ninth on May 12, augmenting her time of some-more than 53 hours spent outward a space station. The new spacewalks aim to ready a space stations for a attainment of blurb spaceships in a years to come, wise a extraneous of a outpost with parking spots for a new era of organisation vehicles drifting astronauts to a ISS, as per a skeleton of companies such as SpaceX and Boeing.

Whitson commented on her feat around amicable media accounts. “It is one of those rides that we wish never ends. we am so beholden for all those who helped me on any of my missions! #LifeInSpace” she wrote on Twitter. NASA speedy supporters to hearten on a wanderer with a hashtag #CongratsPeggy.


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