Peggy Whitson breaks US record for most time spent in space
Posted on:24 Apr 2017 14:01:21
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24 April 2017 Current Affairs:
Astronaut Peggy Whitson on Monday broke the record for most cumulative days spent in space by an American astronaut, surpassing Jeff Williams' record of 534 days.
Peggy Annette Whitson (born February 9, 1960) is an American biochemistry researcher, NASA astronaut and former NASA Chief Astronaut.
NASA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos, signed an agreement to extend Peggy Whitson’s stay on the space station into Expedition 52. Rather than returning to Earth with her Expedition 51 crew mates Oleg Novitsky of Roscosmos and Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency), in June as originally planned, Whitson will remain on the space station and return home with NASA’s Jack Fischer and Roscosmos’ Fyodor Yurchikhin. That landing is targeted for September.
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