Peggy Whitson, an American astronaut, established the spacewalk record for a female astronaut. On Thursday, March 30, Whitson broke the record for the most spacewalks ever performed by a woman in outer space. She got out of the International Space Station and engaged into her eight spacewalks. The previous record was held by Suni Williams, another American astronaut, who had performed seven different spacewalks.
The previous spacewalk record was of seven spacewalks
Whitson, the 57-year-old woman, surpassed the record established by Williams and spent a few more hours outside the ISS together with her NASA colleague, Shane Kimbrough. They began their work at 7:29 a.m. (1129 GMT) when they ventured outside the airlock and into the infinity of space. Thomas Pesquet, a French astronaut aboard the ISS, wished Whitson to have fun outside the space station.
She together with her colleague spent more than six hours outside the International Space Station to work on upgrading the massive station, preparing it for the arrival of commercial spaceships shortly. The spacewalk on March 30 is the second one from a scheduled series of three spacewalks meant to help to upgrade the exterior of the orbiting space station, equipping it with several parking areas for the space taxis generation.
Peggy Whitson is currently the oldest woman who flew in cosmos
Those commercial ships are bound to set off from Earth, delivering tourists to the International Space Station. Boeing and SpaceX are currently working on some new crew crafts which are bound to deliver humans in space, setting off for the ISS starting with next year.
Whitson earned a doctorate in biochemistry and will always be known as the first female commander of the ISS in 2008. She was born in Iowa. Her colleagues say that she is witty, funny and knows how to put things simpler when they seem complicated for the audience. At the beginning of March, Whitson pointed out that she spent a lot of time at the ISS’ lab developing stem cells to be used in a science experiment regarding the development of cancer therapies.
She was also worked on other projects, such as testing how fire works in microgravity to try and understand how it rapidly spreads in space. She has also been taking care of growing seedlings known as Arabidopsis to observe how plants manage to grow in orbit. Now, she is the oldest woman who ever flew in space.
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