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700: Peggy Whitson

Oldest Female Astronaut in Space to Date

Born: 9 February 1960, Mount Ayr, Iowa, United States of America

Peggy went up for the final time at the age of fifty-six.

She is also a biochemistry researcher.

Peggy also holds the United States record for longest cumulative time in space (665 days).

She retired in 2018 from NASA after starting with the company in 1986. Peggy was NASA’s first Space Station Science Officer and was the First Female Commander of the International Space Station.

She also holds the record for most spacewalks by a woman (ten in total), and she was the first female chief of the astronaut corps (also becoming the first non-military person to hold that role).

Peggy has a PhD in biochemistry.

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