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2008-04-21 01:00:00

South Korea's first astronaut returned to Earth Saturday quite shaken, following a  particularly steep decent in which flames engulfed the capsule.   A technical glitch had turned the craft's return to Earth into a test of the crew's nerve and stamina, as the team landed in the Kazakh steppes about 260 miles off target. The capsule's "ballistic" re-entry exposed the crew to twice the typical gravitational forces, and the flames may have been due to friction heating the capsule...

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2008-04-19 09:45:00

A Soyuz capsule carrying South Korea's first astronaut landed in northern Kazakhstan today, 260 miles off its mark, Russian space officials said. Mission Control spokesman Valery Lyndin said the condition of the crew "” South Korean bioengineer Yi So-yeon, American astronaut Peggy Whitson and Russian flight engineer Yuri Malenchenko "” was satisfactory, although the three had been subjected to severe G-forces during the re-entry. The Russian TMA-11 craft touched down at 3:51 a.m....

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...

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2008-04-10 09:55:00

A Russian Soyuz capsule successfully docked with the international space station early today, delivering a replacement crew of two cosmonauts and the first South Korean space traveler. The two spacecraft linked up at 7:57 a.m. CDT as the they orbited the Earth more than 200 miles above northern Kazakhstan. Newcomers Sergei Volkov, Oleg Kononenko and So-yeon Yi joined station commander Peggy Whitson and flight engineers Yuri Malenchenko and Garrett Reisman . The Soyuz launched from Central...

2008-04-07 16:43:41

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) jettisoned a Russian cargo ship packed with trash early Monday to clear a parking spot for an incoming crew. The unmanned space freighter Progress 28 undocked from its Earth-facing berth on the station's Russian-built Pirs docking compartment at 4:50 a.m. EDT (0850 GMT), freeing up the port for the planned April 10 arrival of three new astronauts, NASA officials said. Three hours later, the Progress 28 spacecraft fired its...

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2008-04-03 10:30:00

Europe's Jules Verne space freighter docked with the international space station this morning, bringing a successful conclusion to a month-long mission for the first in a new line of unpiloted supply capsules. The linkup at 9:45 a.m. CDT, with the Russian segment of the orbital outpost brought more than 5,000 pounds of fuel, food, clothing, breathing air, spare parts and other goods to the station's crew, commander Peggy Whitson, Garrett Reisman and Yuri Malenchenko of Russia. More...

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2008-03-24 08:00:00

The Endeavour astronauts celebrated their successful efforts to expand the international space station late Sunday, as they prepared to end a marathon visit to the orbital outpost. The shuttle's seven astronauts are scheduled to depart the station on Monday, shortly before 7 p.m. CDT, after delivering the first piece of a Japanese science laboratory and a Canadian robotic handyman. Endeavour commander Dom Gorie compared the whirlwind pace of assembly activities since the shuttle docked on...

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2008-03-16 08:55:00

Spacewalking astronauts brought a robotic handyman to life outside the international space station overnight, swinging the big partially assembled machine into a sitting position and attaching two arms. Dextre, a $209 million Canadian creation, was designed to take on some of the repair duties normally assigned to spacewalking astronauts. Astronauts Rick Linnehan and Mike Foreman transformed Dextre's pieces into a single gleaming 12-foot tall mechanism with outstretched arms and a menacing...

2008-02-15 03:23:14

HOUSTON — Europe's shiny new lab at the International Space Station (ISS) is in fine shape, according to the astronauts that delivered the new module. The joint astronaut crews of the station and NASA's shuttle Atlantis said the European Space Agency's (ESA) Columbus lab was fully activated late Wednesday and performing well. "It is a beautiful module," space station commander Peggy Whitson told Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel during a space-to-ground link early...

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2008-02-14 08:30:16

HOUSTON "“ After a busy day of spacewalking on Wednesday, the space shuttle Atlantis and International Space Station crews have a light day ahead of them, with off-duty time, interviews and preparations for Friday. The shuttle crew woke up at 2:45 a.m. to "Consider Yourself at Home." The song, which is from the musical "Oliver!", was played for Mission Specialist Stanley Love. The first major event of the day will begin at 8:55 a.m., when shuttle Commander Steve Frick, Mission...


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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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