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Record Breaking Journey Of Nasa’s Astronaut Peggy Whitson.
Astronaut Peggy Whitson back to Earth by Saturday, covering up a record-breaking journey that catapulted her to first place for US space endurance.
Astronaut Peggy Whitson’s 665 days off from the earth — 288 days on this assignment alone — exceeds that of any other American and any other woman universal.
She checked out of the International Space Station just hours before, beside with another American and a Russian. Their Soyuz capsule landed in Kazakhstan shortly after first light Sunday — Saturday night back in the US
She situate several other records while in orbit: Earth’s oldest space-woman, at age 57, and most skilled female space-walker, with 10. She also became the first woman to control the space station twice following her launch last November.
Returning cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin logged even additional time in space: 673 days over five missions. NASA astronaut Jack Fischer returned after 136 days aloft. The men flew up in April.
It was an touching leave-taking for Whitson, Yurchikhin and Fischer. Before moving back into their Soyuz, they embraced the three colleagues they were leaving at the back at the 250-mile-high complex. Yurchikhin patted the inside of the station before floating into his Soyuz for the final time.
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The station’s most modern commander, Randy Bresnik, noted the outpost was losing 1,474 days of space-flight understanding with the departure of Whitson, Yurchikhin and Fischer. Four years and two weeks, he pointed out.
“We are in your debt for the supreme dedication that you guys have to the human mission of searching,” Bresnik told them on the eve of their departure. He offered up special praise for Whitson — “American space ninja” — and wished them all Godspeed.
Whitson, a biochemist, set a quick pace on all three of her space-station expeditions, frequently asking for more and still more scientific research to do. Scientists on the earth said it often was hard to keep up with her. She even experimented on foodstuff up there, trying to add some pizazz to the standard freeze-dried meals. Tortias transformed into apple pies on her watch.
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Whitson was supposed to fly-back in June after a half-year in space. But when an additional seat opened up on this Soyuz, she jumped at the possibility to stay in orbit an additional 3 months. Only one other American — yearlong spaceman Scott Kelly — has spent longer in space on a sole mission.
Apart from for the earlier week, Whitson said her mission rushed by. She’s hungry for pizza and can’t wait to use a regular flush toilet again. She’s also eager to bring back together with her husband, Clarence Sams, a biochemist who also works at Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Because of the effects of Hurricane Harvey. NASA could not get its airplane from Houston to Kazakhstan; in time for the crew’s landing. As an alternative, the European Space Agency on hand to transport Whitson and Fischer to Cologne, Germany, where they will meet up with the NASA airplane for the final leg of their journey. They should be back in Houston on Sunday night.
3 men remain at the space station: Bresnik, a Russian and an Italian. They will be connected by two Americans and a Russian following takeoff from Kazakhstan on Sept. 12.