Oldest female astronaut Peggy Whitson on third mission
Astronaut Peggy Whitson is the oldest woman to go to space on her third mission to the ISS. But what other records has she broken?
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This is Russia's Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft blasting off to the International Space Station on 18 November. On board is France's astronaut Thomas Pesquet, Russia's cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky and US astronaut Peggy Whitson, who has just become the oldest woman to enter space. And this isn't the only record she's broken!
Peggy, who turns 57 during her third mission on the ISS, is already the female record holder for the longest time spent in space. Her first mission was back in 2002 and if she completes this one, she'll have spent more time in space than any other US astronaut. She'll beat the current 534-day record held by Jeff Williams!
Thomas, Oleg and Peggy arrived at the ISS in November 2016 and return to Earth in May 2017. They're carrying out scientific investigations and maybe Peggy will add to the eight six space walks that she's already done! That's a record for a woman astronaut.
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Here she is waving goodbye in 2007, ready to embark on her second mission. Peggy became the first woman to command the ISS during this mission and will take control of the space station again in February 2017.
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She's had her final haircut before the mission and has been in training. Peggy says that when in space, "...every closure of the hands requires a lot of upper-body strength." Luckily, she enjoys weight lifting and her other hobbies include biking, basketball and water skiing. All the best on your third mission, Peggy!