Record Breaking Astronaut Peggy Whitson Retires From NASA

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| June 16 , 2018 , 13:36 IST

Record-breaking astronaut of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Peggy Whitson retired on Saturday.

Peggy was the first woman to command the International Space Station, holding the position twice, and she is also the oldest woman ever to fly in space. She was also the only woman to have served as chief of NASA. She is the world’s most experienced female spacewalker, with 10 under her spacesuit belt.

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She has spent more time off the planet than any other American: 665 days in over three space station missions.

Whitson wrote on Twitter, “It’s been the greatest honor to live out my lifelong dream of being a NASA Astronaut. Thank you to  NASA and all who have supported me along the way. As I reminisce on my many treasured memories, it’s safe to say my journey at NASA has been out of this world.”

“I will miss seeing the enchantingly peaceful limb of our Earth from this vantage point. Until the end of my days, my eyes will search the horizon to see that curve,” she added.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine in a statement has called Whitson an inspiration, citing her determination and dedication to science, exploration and discovery.

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The announcement of her retirement came in, less than a year after her last and also the longest space venture.