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2011-01-14 14:55:00

HOUSTON, Jan. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After a decade working in various roles, astronaut Jose Hernandez has left NASA for a position in the aerospace industry. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "Jose's talent and dedication have contributed greatly to the agency, and he is an inspiration to many," said Peggy Whitson, chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. "We wish him all the best with this new phase of his...

2011-01-04 14:40:00

HOUSTON, Jan. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA astronaut Marsha Ivins, a veteran of five spaceflights, has retired from the agency. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "Marsha's incredible depth of mission experience and technical expertise has been a tremendous asset to this office," said Peggy Whitson, chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. "We have relied on her expertise for years in many diverse areas, including but...

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2009-09-19 07:45:00

NASA has assigned the crew for the last scheduled space shuttle mission, targeted to launch in September 2010. The flight to the International Space Station will carry a pressurized logistics module to the station. Veteran shuttle commander and retired Air Force Col. Steven W. Lindsey will command the eight-day mission, designated STS-133. Air Force Col. Eric A. Boe will serve as the pilot; it will be his second flight as a shuttle pilot. Mission Specialists are shuttle mission veteran Air...

2009-07-24 14:43:00

HOUSTON, July 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA astronaut Pam Melroy is leaving the agency to take a job in the private sector. Melroy, a retired Air Force colonel, is a veteran of three space shuttle flights and the second woman to command one. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "Pam has performed superbly as an astronaut," said Steve Lindsey, chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. "She has flown three highly successful...

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2009-07-24 14:50:00

NASA astronaut Pam Melroy is leaving the agency to take a job in the private sector. Melroy, a retired Air Force colonel, is a veteran of three space shuttle flights and the second woman to command one. "Pam has performed superbly as an astronaut," said Steve Lindsey, chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. "She has flown three highly successful space shuttle missions and contributed in several other technical areas during her 14 years of service with the...

2008-05-03 15:08:28

HOUSTON — The first female commander of the International Space Station (ISS) said Friday that she is confident Russian engineers will find the source of a glitch that sent a Soyuz spacecraft off course during her April 19 landing with two crewmates. U.S. astronaut Peggy Whitson, who commanded the station's six-month Expedition 16 mission, told reporters here at NASA's Johnson Space Center that Russia's Federal Space Agency and an independent group looking into her off-target...

2008-04-24 07:10:51

The International Space Station's (ISS) first female commander said her 'dramatic' landing aboard a Russian spacecraft last week capped a landmark mission to build up the orbiting laboratory. NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson said in an audio recording released Tuesday that her off-target landing aboard a Russian-built Soyuz spacecraft on Saturday was "more dramatic than I was expecting," but not as bad as she anticipated. Whitson returned to Earth aboard a Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft...

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2008-04-23 00:10:00

The Soyuz space capsule had a rocky trip home over the weekend, but NASA is confident that the Russians have a firm handle on things.This was the second straight off-course landing for a Soyuz capsule returning from the international space station. Russian space officials first thought that the crew of three"”Including American Peggy Whitson"”was in serious danger during the descent.But William H. Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for space operations, downplayed such...

2008-04-22 16:55:16

This story was updated at 3:23 p.m. EDT. The off-target landing of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft during its return to Earth on Saturday posed a serious risk to the three astronauts aboard, Russian space officials and reports suggest. An apparent malfunction in a mechanism designed to jettison the Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft's propulsion module from its crew-carrying descent capsule threatened the lives of the three astronauts aboard, Russia's Interfax News Agency reported Tuesday....

2008-04-19 05:18:30

This story was updated at 6:05 a.m. EDT. The International Space Station's (ISS) first female commander and two crewmates are safely back on Earth, but landed well short of their intended landing site as they capped a marathon mission to the orbiting laboratory. The Russian Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft ferrying Expedition 16 commander Peggy Whitson, of NASA, and her crew to Earth touched down about 295 miles (475 km) short of its target zone on the central Asian steppes of Kazakhstan....


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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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