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2008-04-16 14:49:50

The American commander of the International Space Station (ISS) set a new U.S. spaceflight record Wednesday as her crewmate geared up for an extra-long baseball pitch. NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, the station's first female commander, surpassed her 374th day in space to take the U.S. title for most cumulative time spent in orbit. By the time she lands on Saturday with flight engineer Yuri Malenchenko and South Korean astronaut So-yeon Yi, she'll increase her lead to 377 days in...

2006-03-24 00:00:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- NASA said Thursday it approved a new method for crew members to attach themselves to the outside of the international space station for U.S. spacewalks, which were put on hold a day earlier. The discovery of some odd bubbling inside some handrails still on the ground -- but similar to those that line the U.S. part of the floating lab -- had prompted space station managers to halt spacewalks on Wednesday. NASA will resume spacewalks if they are needed but will...

2005-08-18 16:02:40

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The two men serving aboard the International Space Station donned Russian spacesuits and floated outside the orbital complex to begin a six-hour spacewalk on Thursday. Commander Sergei Krikalev, who turns 47 next week, and flight engineer John Phillips, 54, opened the hatch in the Pirs docking compartment just after 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT) to begin their first spacewalk since arriving at the station four months ago. Krikalev, a...

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Peggy Whitson
2012-10-27 13:45:00

Peggy Whitson is an American biochemistry researcher and one of NASA’s most experienced female astronauts after having spent a total of over 365 days in space. She was born Peggy Annette Whitson on February 9, 1960 in Mount Ayr, Iowa, and grew up on a farm outside Beaconsfield. She graduated from Mount Ayr Community High School in 1978 and went on to attend Iowa Wesleyan College, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry in 1981. She then went on to receive...

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