Peggy Whitson, The Oldest Woman In Space, Just Broke Yet Another Record

This was her eighth spacewalk.

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson just can't stop breaking records. 

On Thursday, Whitson performed her eighth spacewalk, the most for any woman, and in turn broke the record for cumulative spacewalking time by a female astronaut, a title previously held by Sunita Williams — who has 50 hours and 40 minutes under her belt. Whitson's time is now 53 hours and 22 minutes.

Whitson performed the spacewalk outside the International Space Station with fellow astronaut Shane Kimbrough. According to NASA, one of the thermal protection shields the two astronauts were tasked with installing was lost during the walk. It posed no immediate danger, and Mission Control devised a solution.

This is far from the first record Whitson has broken since her first space mission in 2002. Last November, at age 56, Whitson arrived for her third mission at the Space Station, becoming the oldest woman in space. In January, she became the oldest woman to perform a spacewalk. Now 57, the former NASA Chief Astronaut was also the first female Space Station commander and has spent more time in space than any other woman.

Whitson is reportedly set to complete her ninth spacewalk on April 6. During her current mission, she is also expected to break the record for most days spent in space by an American astronaut, surpassing Jeff Williams' 534 days.


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