American Astronaut Peggy Whitson Smashes US Spaceflight Record


Source: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP

US astronaut Peggy Whitson has smashed the American spaceflight record for most cumulative time spent in space.

The 57-year-old’s history-making mission happened early Monday when she surpassed the previous 534 day record held by astronaut Jeff Williams.

By the time Peggy comes back to Earth in September she will have spent an astounding 666 days in space.

Whitson’s current mission is to carry out research that will help send astronauts on longer missions to the planet Mars.

“I’m not here for the record,” Peggy revealed to ABC’s David Kerley. “I’m definitely here for conducting science.”

Peggy even received a call to the International Space Station from President Trump congratulating her on her work and her record-breaking mission.

In the video President Trump and Whitson discuss the lessons learned from living in space and the possibility of missions to Mars as near as the 2030’s.

The current global record for most cumulative days spent in space is held by Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka. He spent an astounding 879 days in space!