Dr.Peggy Whitson broke the record for most days spent by a U.S.astronaut in space.She already held two other records set as a woman astronaut.
Whitson holds the record for the most spacewalks ever taken by any woman astronaut, and she also holds the record of being the first woman to take operational command of the International Space Station twice.
Whitson has now beaten a record that was held until now by Jeff Williams, who spent 534 days in space.U.S.President Donald Trump and his daughter, Ivanka, called Whitson to congratulate her.
The call was a video chat from the White House to the International Space Station.Trump began by telling Whitson her feat marked a “glorious day in the history of space flight.”
“Today, Commander Whitson, you have broken the record for the most total time spent in space by an American astronaut—534 days and counting,” said Trump.
“That’s an incredible record to break and on behalf of our nation, and frankly on behalf of the world, I’d like to congratulate you.That is really something.”
Whitson answered: “It’s actually a huge honor to break a record like this but it’s an honor for me to be representing all the folks at NASA who make space flight possible, who make my setting this record feasible. it’s a very exciting time to be at NASA.We’re excited about the missions to Mars in the 2030s.We actually have hardware on the ground being built for the SLS rocket for the test flights, which will eventually take us there. I’m so proud of the team.”