World’s oldest spacewoman sets another record
THE world's oldest and most experienced spacewoman, American Dr Peggy Whitson, has broken yet another record - this time for spacewalking.
Dr Whitson, who is 57-years-old, clocked up the eighth spacewalk of her career on Thursday when she floated out of the International Space Station. That is the most spacewalks ever performed by a woman.
Partway through the spacewalk which lasted six-and-a-half hours, Dr Whitson surpassed the previous record for women of 50 hours and 40 minutes of total accumulated spacewalking time, which had been held by former International Space Station Sunita Williams.
By the end of the spacewalk, Dr Whitson's total EVA (Extravehicular Activity) time stood at 53 hours and 22 minutes, taking her to fifth place on the list of most experienced spacewalkers overall in the world.
Dr Whitson's first ever space mission was in 2002, with an extended stay aboard the International Space Station.
She returned to the space station on her second mission launched in October 2007, as the first female commander of the International Space Station.
Now on her third stint on the space station, Dr Whitson has been in orbit since November.
Altogether, she's spent more than 500 days off the planet - more than any other woman.
She is scheduled to return to Earth in June, but this may be extended by three months, until September.