Peggy Whitson will spend her 57th birthday in space. Last Thursday, she launched into orbit with two other crew members. This journey will mark her third space mission, but this one is extra special.
Peggy will be the oldest woman in space. Although she is a lot younger than oldest man record-holder astronaut John Glenn's 77 years, she's been setting records her whole career.
Since her first mission into space in 2002, she has pretty much been the boss of everything.
HEading to the launch pad for the space shuttle Endeavor on June 5, 2002Bruce Weaver/ AFP
In 2007, she was the first woman to command the International Space Station. While commanding the space station, Peggy teamed up with Pam Melroy, when she docked the space shuttle Discovery. It was the first time that both spacecraft had been commanded by women simultaneously.
Whitson has a laugh before launching out of the Russian Soyuz rocket at Baikonur cosmodrome on Oct. 10 2007Metzel/AP
International Space Station commander Peggy Whitson with Pam Melroy commander of STS-120, Oct 27, 2007.AP/NASA
Obviously, female astronauts are awesome, but Peggy totally sets the bar high. She has almost 377 days in space and her next six-month mission will put her over the record of 534 days.
On this spin around the sun, Peggy will be the first woman to command two missions at the space station.
Whitson smiles during a spacewalk on Oct. 10, 2007NASA
Peggy Whitson in Star City outside Moscow on Oct. 25, 2016Maxim Zmeyev / Reuter
Peggy Whitson gets her haircut on Nov. 14.Bill Ingalls / AP
Lookin' good, Peggy!
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