Unstoppable Peggy Whitson made US Space History again by spending longest time in space
Source :News Bharati English   Date :25-Apr-2017

Washington, April 25: “Live your life and forget your age” again proved by one and only Astronaut Peggy Whitson who added another feather to her record breaking history with the most cumulative time in space. A 57-year old Peggy Whitson performed her 8th spacewalk last month thereby setting a record for highest spacewalks by a woman after Sunita Williams.On Monday Peggy Whitson made history again by breaking Astronaut Jeff Williams’ record for cumulative time in space by an American astronaut. She broke the record by logging 534 days, two hours, and 49 minutes (and counting) away from Earth, according to NASA.On this achievement, President Donald Trump congratulated Peggy Whitson on her record-breaking stay aboard the International Space Station."This is a very special day in the glorious history of American spaceflight," Trump said. "You have broken the record for the total time spent in space by an American astronaut. That's an incredible record to break." "On behalf of our nation and, frankly, on behalf of our world, I'd like to thank you," Trump added. To this "It's actually a huge honor to break a record like this," Whitson responded. "It's an honor for me to be representing all the folks at NASA who make space travel possible and make me setting this record feasible."

Also, Peggy Whitson also holds the record for the longest time spent in space by a woman. The astronaut has been on board the International Space Station (ISS) since November. This is Whitson's third time on board the ISS and is expected to finish her mission in September. Also at 57, Whitson is the oldest female astronaut.

Shattering records is pretty standard for Whitson, who was the first woman commander of the International Space Station (ISS). Her most recent mission aboard the ISS was extended until September, so once she returns to Earth, Whitson will have logged 650 days in space, setting the bar extremely high for future record-breaking. “It is one of those rides that you hope never ends,” Whitson tweeted before her big achievement. “I am so grateful for all those who helped me on each of my missions! #LifeInSpace”.