Space Superwoman Returning to Earth With Records Galore

The world’s most experienced spacewoman returns to Earth this weekend with records galore.

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson will check out of the International Space Station on Saturday and head home after 9 ½ months.

Counting all her flights, she will have logged 665 days in space by the time she lands in Kazakhstan with another U.S. astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut. Her streak is unmatched by any other American.

Crew of Space shuttle Endeavour walks out before their launch later in the day on June 5, 2002. Peggy Whitson is the only woman among them. (AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove)

 

U.S. astronaut Peggy Whitson, center, commander of the 16th mission for the International Space Station, smiles just before the launch of the Russian Soyuz rocket at the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on Oct 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

 

Astronaut Peggy Whitson works during a spacewalk outside the International Space Stationon on Jan. 6, 2017. (NASA via AP)

 

Astronaut Peggy Whitson holds up Chinese cabbage grown in the International Space Station on May 30, 2017. (NASA via AP)

 

President Bush poses in the Oval Office with NASA executives and members of the space shuttle and international space station crews, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003. The 3rd from right is Dr. Peggy Whitson. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

 

Dr. Peggy Whitson, left, and Lt. Col. Michael Fincke, both NASA astronauts, listen to testimony from Dr. John Phillips live from the International Space Station in Washington on June 14, 2005. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

During her third and latest mission, the 57-year-old biochemist became the oldest woman in space. She also performed her 10th spacewalk, more than any other woman.

Her return home to storm-ravaged Houston will include a detour to Germany. She should be back on Sunday night.

She says she’s craving pizza — and flush toilets.

Associated Press

 
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