Peggy Whitson made history Thursday by floating outside the International Space Station for a record eighth time. The spacewalk lasted about 6½ hours. The walk was Whitson’s second in a series of three. These walks are part of a plan to make on-going upgrades to the ISS in advance of commercial spaceships that may one day dock there. Thursday’s mission was all about outfitting the exterior of the craft with high-tech parking spots that might one day house both commercial ships and government rockets ferrying astronauts to and from the station.
… By completing her spacewalk, the 57-year-old Whitson broke the former record set by Sunita Williams, at 50 hours and 40 minutes of pure spacewalk time. Whitson has spent 500 days in total out of earth’s boundaries. That’s also more than any other woman in history.