Caspian International News Agency– Peggy Whitson, the experienced astronaut, has been the first woman to command the International Space Station, and holds the record for the longest amount of time spent by a woman in space.
With this mission, in which Ms. Whitson will turn 57 years old, she will be the oldest woman in space. On Friday morning, she lifted off on a Soyuz rocket with cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy and French flyer Thomas Pesquet from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan,
THey are expected to enter the International Space Station on Saturday, where an American and two Russian astronauts are waiting for them. They will be in space till May, 2017, and will conduct some scientific experiments.
Peggy Whitson, who was born in Iowa, is a Biochemist. Before nominating for going to space in 1996, she had some important positions in medical science and research in NASA.
In 2002, she went on her first mission to space, and in 2007 she became the first woman to command the space station.
In February, she will command the station again.
When her mission is completed, she will have spend more time in space than any American. This record is held by Jeff Wiliams today.
(Translating by Negar Lotfi)