Whitson has now spent the most cumulative time in space of any American. This NASA TV frame grab shows NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson along with astronaut Jack Fischer as she speaks to President Trump from aboard the International Space Station on Monday, April 24, 2017. President Trump on Monday called the International Space Station to congratulate NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson on setting NASA's career record for most days in space, with 535 days. Trump was joined by his daughter, Ivanka Trump, and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins during the 18-minute Earth-to-space call from the Oval Office of the White House. "This is a very special day in the glorious history of American spaceflight," Trump radioed from the Oval Office.
NASA Astronaut and Marine Corps Col. Randy Bresnik will join his record-breaking colleague Peggy Whitson on the International Space Station Friday. Bresnik, who flew combat missions as a Marine pilot during Operation Iraqi Freedom, blasted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 11:41 a.m. Cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos and Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency are accompanying Bresnik on the six-hour trip aboard a Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft. The trio will spend more than four months together on the ISS before returning to Earth in December. NASA says that Bresnik will perform a host of experiments in space, which include investigating how microgravity affects stem cells and the factors that govern stem cell activity.
One week after making history for being the first female astronaut to complete eight spacewalks, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson made history again when she decided to extend her stay on the international Space Station. NASA announced Thursday morning that Whitson, who was scheduled to return to Earth in June, will extended her stay three months and will instead return in September. Whitson has been in space since Nov. 17, 2016, and is set to break Jeff Williams' 534 day record for cumulative days in space by an American astronaut on April 24, a record she will then set the bar for during the rest of her stay. Her Expedition 51 crew mates, Oleg Novitsky of Roscosmos and Thomas Pesquet of ESA, will still return in June as planned, but Whitson will stay to help out the members of Expedition 52. There's an open spot on the station that Whitson will fill left by Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, according to NASA.
Astronaut Peggy Whitson completed her eighth spacewalk on March 30, breaking the record of most spacewalks conducted by a woman. NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson will be the recipient of a special long-distance call on Monday when President Trump congratulates her record-breaking stay on the International Space Station. Trump will be joined by his daughter, Ivanka Trump, and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins during the 20-minute Earth-to-space call from the Oval Office of the White House. Whitson, who holds the record for most spacewalks by a woman astronaut and is the first woman to command the ISS twice, will set another record Monday when she surpasses the previous record of 534 cumulative days in space previously set by astronaut Jeff Williams. It is one of those rides that you hope never ends.
At 1:27 a.m. EDT Monday, U.S. astronaut Peggy Whitson -- who, in November, became the oldest woman to fly in space -- broke the record for the most cumulative days spent in space by an American. Whitson, who is also the first woman to command the International Space Station (ISS) and the only one to command it twice, surpassed Jeff Williams' record of 534 days. U.S. President Donald Trump, first daughter Ivanka Trump, and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins will make an Earth-to-space call at 10:00 a.m. EDT Monday to congratulate Whitson. The call can be watched live here, or via the video embedded below. "I love being up here," Whitson, 57, said in a statement early last month, after her stay on board the ISS was extended by three months.