United States astronaut breaks female record for most spacewalks

Pablo Tucker
April 5, 2017

They also installed an upgraded computer relay box and attach protective shielding before calling it a day. There was frustration in her voice as she informed Mission Control. When unfolded, the shields are about 5 kilometers thick, NASA says. A statement on NASA's website said the shield "was inadvertently lost" and "posed no immediate danger to the astronauts". After Kimbrough installed a new external computer, he and Whitson chose to meet at the airlock to recollect two pairs of axial shields which they carried over to the Tranquility module where PMA-3 was previously situated.

Whitson and Kimbrough's mission was to finish the Pressurized Mating Adapter-3 (PMA-3) cable connections that were just recently attached to the Harmony module's space-facing port.

In this Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 file photo, USA astronaut Peggy Whitson, member of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station, waves from a bus prior the launch of Soyuz MS-3 spaceship at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. "I will be waiting for you", he added.

Thursday's spacewalk was also seven hours and four minutes long, allowing Whitson to set a new record for the most accumulated time spacewalking by a woman - 53 hours and 22 minutes to be exact. And in total, spacewalkers have now spent a total of 1,243 hours and 42 minutes performing 199 spacewalks in support of the assembly and maintenance of the ISS.

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SpaceX and Boeing are now designing crew vehicles that will begin flying people to the ISS as early as next year. She's 57, originally from Beaconsfield, Iowa, and has a doctorate in biochemistry. However, because lost items in space run the risk of returning in orbit and damaging the space station, Mission Control closely monitored the lost cloth at first.

Longtime NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson-whose first space mission was in 2002-just became the female astronaut with the most spacewalks under her belt.

"I traveled to Russian Federation eight times in the last 1.5 year training flow, two times to Japan and one time to Cologne", she wrote in a recent blog post. This is her third tour of duty aboard the ISS.

Yesterday's walkabout is the second in a series of three space walks to outfit the exterior of the orbiting outpost with parking spots for a new generation of space taxis ferrying astronauts to the station.

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