The three-seat spaceship will have a free space later will be filled by Whitson. In September, Whitson will grab this empty spot and be an addition to Fisher and Yurchikhin to rush back to Earth, NASA said. 57-year-old astronaut Whitson came to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of Mission Expedition 50 in November last year and was due to return to Earth in June this year. But after the newly signed contract between NASA and Roscosmos came into force, the plan changed and now it will remain on the International Space Station (ISS) for another three months.
Peggy Whitson's remarkable journey continues Records. Recently, she became the first female astronomer to have completed most of the spacewalks outside the ISS and is only weeks away from beating NASA astronaut Jeff Williams' record because, as a US astronaut, he spends the maximum time in space. As of today, April 56, Whitson has already spent 514 days on the ISS and will soon surpass Jeff Williams' record. She is also registered as the oldest astronomer to travel into space, and she is the first woman to lead the ISS with Expedition 16 mission. After her NASA astronaut colleague and the current commander of Expedition 50 – Shane Kimbrough handed over the position of ISS commander on Pentecost on April 9, she will be the first woman to command the ISS twice.