Source: News Bharati English18 Nov 2016 12:30:25
Kazakhstan, November 18: The veteran NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson has become the oldest woman in space after she blasted off for the International Space Station on Friday. Peggy Whitson also holds record for the longest time spent in space by a woman. She blasted off from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on Friday.
Whitson, who will celebrate her 57th birthday in February while on the ISS, has become the oldest woman to fly into space.
On board the Soyuz rocket with her are Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky and French newcomer Thomas Pesquet. They are expected to arrive at the ISS on Saturday, joining an American and two Russians already aboard. They will carry out a range of scientific investigations until May 2017.
The crew will now travel for two days before docking at the space station, where they will join an American and two Russians already aboard.The crew will carry out a range of scientific investigations until May 2017.
Whitson said "In terms of goals for NASA before I die, we need to be living on Mars. And I might not live that long, so they better get with it! The most important thing about the station is the friendships and the work we accomplish there," she said before the launch at 02:20 local time on Friday morning.