Peggy Whitson (Born 1960) is a retired American NASA astronaut as well as a biochemistry researcher. In 2017, she became the first female astronaut to command the International Space Station twice and broke the record for cumulative total days spent in space by any NASA astronaut (534 days) at the age of 57. She returned to Earth having accrued a total of 665 days in space over her entire career.
Peggy Whitson’s first space mission was in 2002 and with her second mission in 2007, she became the first female commander of the International Space Station. She grew up on a farm outside of Beaconsfield, Iowa and received her bachelor of science degree in biology and chemistry from Iowa Wesleyan College and a doctorate degree in biochemistry from Rice University.
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