NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson to return home after 288 days in space

According to the US space agency NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson is set to depart the International Space Station (ISS) and return to Earth after completing a 288-day long mission. Whitson is completing a 288-day mission that began in November 2016, spanning 122.2 million miles and 4,623 orbits of Earth – her third long-duration stay on the outpost. Whitson set multiple other records while in orbit such as: World’s oldest spacewoman, at age 57, and most experienced female spacewalker.  She also became the first woman to command the space station twice following her launch last November. She had gone up to the station on 17 November 2016, already having an accumulated space time of 377 days.

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