Peggy Whitson – Space Station Commander

Over 200 astronauts have stepped into the vacuum of space. Here is a brief history of one of those courageous spacewalkers.

Today marks Peggy Whitson’s birthday.  Whitson is the first female Space Station Commander and has a doctorate in biochemistry. In June 2017, Withson broke the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman.

She has won numerous awards and honours along the way. Just to name a few:

  • NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2016
  • NASA Space Flight Medal in 2002
  • NASA Tech Brief Award in 1995
  • Krug International Merit Award in 1989

How incredible to even be an astronaut, let alone a space station commander, let alone the first female space station commander! What an inspiration to everyone.



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