Peggy Whitson Will Be The First Woman To Command ISS Twice

Posted: Nov 17 2016, 10:36am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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Peggy Whitson will be the First Woman to Command ISS Twice
Expedition 50 crew members (from left) Peggy Whitson, Oleg Novitskiy and Thomas Pesquet stand in front of the first stage engines of their Soyuz booster rocket. Credit: NASA
  • Peggy Whitson will be First Female Astronaut to Oversee the ISS Twice in a Row

Peggy Whitson of the United States will now be the first female astronaut to oversee the ISS twice in a row. This is indeed an honor and something to be proud of.

Three astronauts have already launched in their spacecraft which is headed for the ISS. The spacecraft they are on board is a Russian Soyuz rocket. Their entry into the ISS will make the total crew number rise to half a dozen.

The novel members are from an international team. They include in their ranks: NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy and French astronaut Thomas Pesquet.

Some of these crew member aboard the ISS will be breaking barriers in the next half a year or so. Pesquet is going to space for the first time. He is the 10th Frenchman to have gone into outer space.

The mission he is on has been called Proxima which is the closest star to our sun. While the Frenchman is a novice, Peggy is facing her third time in space. She has been a major player in the circuit since 2002.

She is also the first woman who has handled commanding position aboard the ISS for a second time in a row. This is a source of great pride. About a decade ago, she became the first woman to be designated to the job.

At the comparatively ripe age of 56, she will also be the oldest female to enter space. Thus she has beaten the last record-holder of such a title. Barbara Morgan was 55 when she went on a journey on the Space Shuttle in 2007. In fact, Whitson will be celebrating her 57th birthday aboard the ISS.

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