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PEGGY WHITSON BLASTS OFF AGAIN TO SPACE STATION

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Expedition 48-49 backup crew member Peggy Whitson of NASA poses for a photograph as the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft is rolled out by train to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, July 4, 2016. NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and astronaut Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan the morning of July 7, Kazakh time (July 6 Eastern time.) All three will spend approximately four months on the orbital complex, returning to Earth in October. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Iowa native astronaut Peggy Whitson has blasted off for her third mission on the International Space Station.

Whitson grew up on a farm in southern Iowa’s Ringgold County and was launched into space on a six month mission aboard a Russian rocket that took off from Kazakhstan.

She has already logged 377 days aboard the orbiting station during missions in 2002 and 2007.

The space station has grown since Whitson was last there, with many of the compartments school bus-sized and the full station is now about as big as a football field.

She’s excited to learn about its new capabilities.


OC…….”utilize that” ;17

In February, she’ll celebrate her 57th birthday there and will be the oldest woman ever in space.

The station had a crew of three during her last mission, but this time, there will be six people on-board.

As for the six months ahead, Whitson says she has no specific goals.


OC……..”to be done”. :20

Whitson will also become the first woman to command the station twice.

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 50-51 crewmember Peggy Whitson of NASA suits up Nov. 2 for a fit check dress rehearsal in the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft. Whitson, Oleg Novitskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency will launch Nov. 18, Baikonur time, for a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Alexander Vysotsky
In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 50-51 crewmember Peggy Whitson of NASA suits up Nov. 2 for a fit check dress rehearsal in the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft. Whitson, Oleg Novitskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency will launch Nov. 18, Baikonur time, for a six-month mission on the International Space Station.
NASA/Alexander Vysotsky

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