I just kind of threw it toward the back of my mouth and drank some water afterwardShuttle research focuses on bodily changes Jan 20, 2003
We have previously, during Mir and other flights, demonstrated that there is a greater risk of forming renal (kidney) stones during flight -- as well (during) the first week or so after landingShuttle research focuses on bodily changes Jan 20, 2003
Our station crew members have been coming back in better shape than the folks who came back from Mir and I think a lot of it has to do with the exercise training program that we're working on nowShuttle lands in Florida -- finally Dec 07, 2002
I do think I'm ready to go, but it's been kind of a gradual processSpacewalkers work around rail car problems Nov 30, 2002
I'm looking forward to putting on the P1 (truss) so we don't have to fly like a crabShuttle crew prepares to depart station Oct 15, 2002
Peggy Annette Whitson (born February 9, 1960) is an American biochemistry researcher, NASA astronaut, and NASA's Chief Astronaut. Her first space mission was in 2002, with an extended stay aboard the International Space Station as a member of Expedition 5. Her second mission launched October 10, 2007, as the first female commander of the ISS with Expedition 16. With her two long-duration stays abroad the ISS, Whitson is NASA's most experienced astronaut, with just over 376 days in space. This also places her twentieth among all space flyers.
The flight of Space Shuttle mission STS-120, commanded by female astronaut Pam Melroy, was the first time that two female mission commanders have been in orbit at the same time.
On December 18, 2007, during the fourth spacewalk of Expedition 16 to inspect the S4 starboard Solar Alpha Rotary Joint (SARJ), the ground team in Mission Control informed Whitson that she had become the female astronaut with the most cumulative EVA time in NASA history, as well as the most EVAs, with her fifth EVA. Three hours and 37 minutes into the spacewalk, Whitson surpassed NASA astronaut Sunita Williams with a total time at that point of 29 hours and 18 minutes. At the completion of Whitson's fifth EVA, the 100th in support of ISS assembly and maintenance, Whitson's cumulative EVA time became 32 hours, and 36 minutes, which placed her in 20th place for total EVA time.