The World’s Oldest Female Astronaut Has Touched Down at the International Space Station

Peggy Whitson just became the world’s oldest – and most experienced – female astronaut to arrive at the International Space Station (which is apparently reachable by telephone).

Launched Thursday from Kazakhstan, the Russian Soyuz capsule docked at the 250-mile-high International Space Station, delivering NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, French astronaut Thomas Pesquet and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy.

The three astronauts joined three men already on board.

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NASA is set to launch a weather satellite from Florida.

Whitson is no stranger to space missions – this is her third one. At 56, she is older than each of her crewmates. She currently holds the record for the most time in space for a woman.

She’s clocked in almost 400 days in space during her various missions.

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She’s not stopping anytime soon either. Once she returns next spring, she is set to break the record for any American, male or female.

You could have had your chance to challenge her record, had you applied for the Canadian astronaut position back in the spring.

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