Magnetic #3 Revolver
I say nothing like real music does. It doesn’t speak words.
-Clarice Lispector, A Breath of Life
I was in the laboratory module (the leading end of the vehicle, and Progress is at the aft end), and the timer on my watch went off to remind me that we had a burn coming up.
On the Shuttle, the large maneuvering burns were very obvious, pushing my crewmates and me against a wall if we were not hanging on. At the time of the burn on the station, I was unsure that it had occurred at all. However, as I monitored the burn on the computer, I noticed a gradual force on my body, pushing me aft.
For fun, I steadied a pencil in the air and let go. As I watched the pencil float to the aft, I loosened my toehold on structure and curled up into a ball. Since the station was accelerating around me, I floated in a straight line aft. Very interesting…enough so that I had to repeat the experiment a couple of times!
-Peggy Whitson, http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/crew/exp5/lettershome3.html
Launch of STS 111, Astronaut Peggy Whitson's first space flight. She lived for the next six months on the International Space Station, and was named the first NASA Science Officer during her stay. She took her first space walk during this mission, eventually becoming the female astronaut with the most cumulative space walk time in NASA history, as well as the woman with the highest number of space walks.
Whitson completed a six month tour of duty aboard the International Space Station as the ISS Commander for Expedition 16 in April 2008, the first woman to hold that position.
Peggy Whitson is scheduled to return to the space station as commander of Expedition 50/51, which will be launched on November 2016.
NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal (2006)
NASA Space Flight Medal (2002)
Patents awarded (1997, 1998)
Group Achievement Award for Shuttle-Mir Program (1996)
American Astronautical Society Randolph Lovelace II Award (1995)
NASA Tech Brief Award (1995)
NASA Space Act Board Award (1995, 1998)
NASA Silver Snoopy Award (1995)
NASA Exceptional Service Medal (1995, 2003, 2006)
NASA Space Act Award for Patent Application
NASA Certificate of Commendation (1994)
NASA Sustained Superior Performance Award (1990)
Medal "For Merit in Space Exploration" (Russia, April 12, 2011) – for outstanding contribution to the development of international cooperation in manned space flight
Krug International Merit Award (1989)
NASA-JSC National Research Council Resident Research Associate (1986–1988)
Robert A. Welch Postdoctoral Fellowship (1985–1986)
Robert A. Welch Predoctoral Fellowship (1982–1985)
Summa Cum Laude from Iowa Wesleyan College (1981)
President's Honor Roll (1978–81)
Orange van Calhoun Scholarship (1980)
State of Iowa Scholar (1979)
Academic Excellence Award (1978)
Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Stephanie Wilson, both STS-131 mission specialists; and Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Expedition 23 flight engineer; along with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Naoko Yamazaki, STS-131 mission specialist.
The 4 women in space during this mission set a record for the most women in space at the same time