Dr. Peggy Whitson, who already holds the records for being the first woman to command the International Space Station (ISS) twice and the most spacewalks carried out by a woman astronaut has now broken the record for the most days in space by a NASA astronaut. Jeff Williams previously held the record for a US astronaut with 534 days in space.
Professionals from the space community have joined in to congratulate her on social media. US President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka have called Dr. Whitson to congratulate her. President Trump started by telling that her achievement was a “glorious day in the history of space flight”.
On 24th April, Dr. Whitson officially set the US record for the most cumulative days in space, surpassing the previous record of 534-days. Her most recent mission aboard the ISS has been extended until September 2017. So, by the time she returns to Earth, Dr. Whitson would have logged more than 650 days in space.
The global record of 879-days in space is still held by the Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka.