Astronaut Peggy Whitson just set the record for the most time spent in outer space with her 535th day in space, but setting records is just a way of life for her.
She became the first science officer of the International Space Station in 2002. According to NASA, “the position was created to work with the United States research community to understand and meet the requirements and objectives of each space station experiment.”
In 2008, she was the first woman to ever command the ISS, serving in the post again in 2017. Whitson became the first female chief of the Astronaut Office in 2009, the most senior position at NASA for active astronauts.
As if that weren't enough, the 57-year-old Whitson made her eighth spacewalk in March 2017, surpassing the previous record of seven.
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