Extreme Engineering: NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson, the Longest-Serving Woman in Space

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, recently returned from the International Space Station, has racked up many firsts over the course of her remarkable career. She is the first woman to command the station, doing so on two separate expeditions, and first woman to perform 10 spacewalks, totaling more than 60 hours. She also served as the first female Chief of the Astronaut Office. On February 22, Whitson will give this year’s first Extreme Engineering talk.

Record holder for the longest single spaceflight for a woman (more than 289 days), Whitson will discuss her historic 665 days in space, having spent more time there than any other American astronaut. The Iowa-born biochemist, who worked in space medicine and biology at NASA before becoming an astronaut candidate in the same class as Professor Mike Massimino, has served three long-duration space flights since 2002, expanding and maintaining the International Space Station as well as conducting scientific research.

The event will take place on Thursday, February 22, from 6:30 PM - 8:30 pm in Davis Auditorium in Schapiro CEPSR, 530 W. 120 St.

500 W. 120th St., Mudd 510, New York, NY 10027    212-854-2993