Expedition 50 is the name of a mission crew that has been serving on board the International Space Station (ISS) since October 2016. However, American astronaut Peggy Whitson has long outlasted this most recent mission. Another record for stamina on the ISS was broken, and this time it was by a woman.
Expedition 50 Aboard the ISS Broke Several Records
Whitson will now continue as commander of the station. According to her current schedule, she will log in more than 650 days total before she is expected to return to Earth. That will stack up quite a lead for future contenders of any gender.
This is not Dr. Whitson’s first crack at breaking a record. In 2007, she became the first woman commander of the ISS. She is also the first female to take command a second time as she took over earlier this year. Dr. Whitson performed more spacewalks than any other woman in the history of NASA. She also has the honor of being the oldest woman to conduct a spacewalk, an activity often held in high regard by space agencies.
Not only has Dr. Whitson broken another record, but she also serves as an example of how important is to encourage girls to attempt all types of STEM careers.
“This new record for science shows the crew is spending more time using the Station for its intended purpose as a weightless space laboratory.” This is according to the ESA release.