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Peggy Whitson

Astronaut, Biochemist
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Net worth 2018: $900,000
Industry: Scientists
Residence: Mount Ayr, Iowa, United States
Country: United States
BirthDay: 9 February 1960
Sigh: Pisces
Height: 1.63 m

Peggy Whitson was bornon 9 February 1960 in Mount Ayr, Iowa, United States, American, is Astronaut, Biochemist. Peggy Annette Whitson is an American biochemist and astronaut who holds the record for most total days spent in space by any NASA astronaut. She is also the first woman astronaut to command the International Space Station twice. Ambitious from a young age, she realized her life’s calling quite early on. As a nine-year-old, she watched Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong walk on the moon on her TV and decided to become an astronaut herself. The year Whitson graduated from school, Sally Ride was named as the first female American astronaut and that made her resolve stronger. At the age of twenty-six, she joined the Johnson Space Center at NASA as a National Research Council Resident Research Associate. Ten years later, she was selected as an Astronaut Candidate and underwent two years of rigorous training. Finally her dream came true when she, as a part of Expedition 5 crew, launched aboard STS-111 for the International Space Station on June 5, 2002. She made a second trip to the space in October 2007; this time as a commander. In fact, she is the first female commander to lead any space exploration. In April 2017, Whitson surpassed astronaut Jeff Williams’ previous record of 534 days, 2 hours and 48 minutes of cumulative time in space by a NASA astronaut by creating a new record of more than 534 days.


In April 2017, Whitson’s space mission was extended by an additional three months and she is expected to return to Earth in September 2017


Peggy Whitson was named the commander of Expedition 51 which launched in November 2016


In 2009, Whitson became chief of the Astronaut Office and remained in the post until July 2012


They returned to Earth aboard Soyuz TMA-11 on April 19, 2008


Whitson next went to the space in October 2007 as the Commander of the Expedition 16


From May 2005 to November 2005 she served as Chief of the Station Operations Branch, Astronaut Office


In November 2003, Whitson was appointed as the Deputy Chief of NASA Astronaut Office


The spacecraft was launched on June 5, 2002 and after spending 184 days, 22 hours and 14 minutes in space, they returned to Earth on December 7 aboard STS-113


Then from September 2000 to July 2001, Whitson underwent further training within ISS-3 backup crew


In July 1999, she was assigned to the backup ISS-3 crew and ISS-5 prime crew


Also from 1998 to 1999, she led the Crew Test Support Team in Russia


Meanwhile in 1997, while undergoing the training, she also functioned as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Rice University in the Maybee Laboratory for Biochemical and Genetic Engineering


The two-year course in general space training started in August 1996 and in 1998, she was declared a qualified fight specialist


Concurrently, from 1995 to 1996, she served as Co-Chair of the U


Next from 1993 to 1996, Whitson was chosen as the Deputy Division Chief of the Medical Sciences Division at NASA-JSC


In 1992, she became the Project Scientist of the Mir-Shuttle Program (STS-60, STS-63, STS-71, Mir 18, Mir 19) and served in this capacity until the end of the Phase 1A Program in 1995


Parallel to that, from 1991 to 1992, she functioned as the Payload Element Developer for Bone Cell Research Experiment aboard SL-J (STS-47), and was a member of the US-USSR Joint Working Group in Space Medicine and Biology


In April 1988, she became the Supervisor for the Biochemistry Research Group at KRUG International, a medical science contractor at JSC and worked in that capacity till September 1989


Peggy Whitson completed her postdoctoral fellowship in October 1986 and then joined Johnson Space Center (JSC) as a National Research Council Resident Research Associate


In 1984, she earned her PhD degree; but continued at the same university as the Robert A Welch postdoctoral fellow


In 1981, she joined Rice University in Houston for her graduation work on biochemistry on Robert A


She also received Orange van Calhoun Scholarship in 1980 and was on President's Honor Roll from 1978 to 1981


In 1978, she received Academic Excellence Award and in 1979, was declared State of Iowa Scholar


Peggy Annette Whitson was born on February 9, 1960, in Mount Ayr, Iowa

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