Monday, April 21, 2008

To Boldly Go Where No Woman Has Gone Before.

The United States record for time in space is now held by a woman, astronaut Peggy Whitson, who just spent 192 days in space.
"Whitson, 48, returned from her second mission to the station. She served as a flight engineer on the Expedition 5 crew, launching June 5, 2002, and returning to Earth Dec. 7 after almost 185 days in space.

She landed Saturday with a total of 377 days in space, more than any other U.S. spacefarer. On April 16 she broke the previous mark of 374 days set by Mike Foale on his six flights." (Here.)
You go, girl!

Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko landed with Whitson. His cumulative time in space puts the American record in perspective. He has spent 515 days in space over four flights, ninth most of all humans. Who holds the record? Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev with 803 days 9 hours and 39 minutes. (Here.)



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