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A new crew has been launched to the International Space Station. One of the crew is Peggy Whitson. She has already spent 377 days in space and logged almost 40 hours of spacewalking. This was the most recorded by a woman until 2012, when Sunita Williams racked up 50 hours total spacewalk time.
Although she grew up on a farm in Beaconsfield, Iowa, a town of 15 people, she kept telling sceptics that she was going to be an astronaut. She met her husband as a teenager, and now both work for NASA. He never held her back and admired every move she made toward her career.
Eugene Cernan, last man on the moon passed away 16 January 2017. I have met him several times, he always had the time to talk to little people like me.
This six-month mission should also push her beyond 534 days in space, the US record set in September by 58-year-old astronaut Jeffrey Williams. Plus she is the first woman to be launched three times into space. So this mission will break several records at once.
Announcement; 22nd Feb 2017... a star has been discovered to have at least SEVEN Earth type planets orbiting around it. Artist impressions of them above are compared to the rocky planets here in the solar system.