female astronaut

Over the course of her career, Astronaut Peggy Whitson has spent more than 600 days in space, longer than any American ever.

Last Saturday, Astronaut Peggy Whitson touched down in Kazakhstan after spending 288 days — more than nine months — on her latest mission aboard the International Space Station.

According to NPR, “Whitson has smashed other records as well: she is the world’s oldest female astronaut (57 years old), the most experienced female spacewalker (10 space walks) and she is the first woman to have commanded the space station twice, reports The Associated Press.” Read more about her remarkable career at NPR.org.