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Peggy Whitson, the brave austronaut sets a new record for most spacewalks

By TechNadu Staff / April 1, 2017

An American astronaut Peggy Whitson, the world's oldest and most experienced spacewoman, she floated outside the International Space Station (ISS) to commence her spacewalk, it is her eighth career spacewalk on Thursday.

Ms. Whiston has surpassed astronaut American Suni Williams record for most spacewalks by a female spacewoman.

The Spacewalk began at 7.29 am when Ms. Whitson and her spacewalk colleague Shane Kimbrough switched their spacesuits to battery power before venturing outside the airlock and into the Vaccum of space. The French astronaut Thomas Pesquet said, "Be safe and enjoy your time out".

Nasa is live streaming the Six-and-a-half hour spacewalk online and also NASA TV is providing complete coverage of the spacewalk which began at 8 am EDT on Thursday. This will be 199th spacewalk in support of space station assembly and maintenance.

Whiston wrote in a recent blog that is "I traveled to Russia eight times in the last 1.5-year training flow, two times to Japan and one time to Cologne". she married NASA biochemist Clarence Sams and her hobbies include weightlifting, biking, basketball and water skiing.

The spacewalk is Whitson's eighth and Kimbrough's sixth of his career, more than any other female astronaut. And a third spacewalk is scheduled for Thursday, April 6.



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