This month’s trivia features historic spacewalks and extravehicular activity. Test your knowledge below and check back next week for more trivia on spacewalks!
Which NASA astronaut holds the record for the most number of spacewalks made by a woman?
NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson currently holds the record for the most number of spacewalks completed by a female astronaut. She has completed ten spacewalks, putting her ahead of Sunita Williams, who previously held the record with seven. On March 30, 2017, Whitson conducted her record-breaking spacewalk during Expedition 50. To date, she has racked up a cumulative total of 60 hours and 21 minutes of time spent outside a spacecraft, overtaking Williams' previous cumulative spacewalking time record for a female astronaut at 50 hours and 40 minutes. Whitson isn't new to smashing records. In fact, she holds the distinction of being the first woman to command the International Space Station (Expedition 51), the first woman to command the station a second time, and currently holds the U.S. endurance record for most time spent in space by any astronaut, having logged 665 days in orbit. She also became the oldest female to fly in space at 56 when she launched on Expedition 50/51, and participated in the historic 200th spacewalk in support of the station! Read more about women in space here, and don't forget to check back next week for more fun spaceflight trivia!
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