Published: Sun, April 02, 2017
Science | By Kerry Wheeler

World's oldest spacewoman sets spacewalking record

World's oldest spacewoman sets spacewalking record

Doesn't matter how many times you do it, spacewalks are always risky business, and this week's was no exception, with NASA Astronauts Peggy Whitson and Shane Kimbrough venturing out of the International Space Station (ISS) to carry out some repairs.

After they removed the PMA-3, the docking port at Node 3 remained uncovered and the shields were used to protect it from micrometeoroids. The mission was also the seventh space expedition for Peggy Whitson which brought her side by side with Sunita Williams one more time for another record in this domain.

NASA astronaut - and all around badass - Peggy Whitson set yet another spaceflight record Thursday. When she launched past year from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan she became the oldest woman to fly in space and the oldest woman to perform a spacewalk.

Peggy Whitson acheived a record of being the oldest spacewoman with the highest number of spacewalks.

The goal of the spacewalk was to adjust a docking port, which will essentially be a parking spot for SpaceX and Boeing commercial crew capsules, the AP reports. Along with her colleague Shane Kimbrough, Whitson helped construct a second docking port at the ISS, for US crew ferry ships.

Ms. Williams had previously made seven spacewalks totalling 50 hours and 40 minutes, and held the record for most spacewalks by a woman and most spacewalk time for a woman.

[Teams] France vs Spain: Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd & Tottenham stars all start
Guardiola praised Wenger, who has been in charge at Arsenal for more than 20 years, and hailed his "ability" despite recent criticism.

Trump administration seeks delay in ruling on climate plan
Trump signed the order at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), keeping his campaign promise to support the coal industry. Kentuckian Sarah Bowling thinks Appalachia's economic future is tied to coal, but not in the way you might think.

Venus downs Kerber to set up Konta clash in Miami
Johanna Konta has become the first British woman to reach the Miami Open final after seeing off Venus Williams. With Venus Williams continuing to belie her 36 years, Konta conceded she was relieved to edge through.

Whitson is extremely famous and this was her 8th spacewalk.

Online Chat: DJ Kachman, the Veterans Affairs Department's director of mobile and security technology transformation lead, on April 10, at 1 p.m.

Whitson's spent more than 53 hours in the vacuum of space, also a record for women, and next month she's due for another EVA which will put her in third place among all astronauts.

According to Dr Karl over at ABC News, there are now billions of space junk pieces smaller than 1 mm (0.04 inches) out in Earth's orbit, hundreds of millions of objects between 1 and 10 mm (0.04 to 0.4 inches) in size, and about half a million objects in the range 1 to 10 cm (0.4 to 4 inches).

She's been on board the ISS since November. Mission Control said there was no risk of it hitting the space station.

Like this: