President Donald Trump, his daughter, Ivanka, and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins will call NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson from the Oval Office on Monday to congratulate Whitson on her record-breaking stay on the International Space Station. The uncrewed cargo ship launched at 11:11 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 18 on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to begin its four-day journey to the orbiting laboratory.
Astronauts used the station's big robot arm to grab the capsule on Saturday.
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"We're very proud to welcome on board the S.S. John Glenn". Three fresh crew members - Soyuz MS-05 commander Sergey Ryazanskiy, Randy Bresnik and European astronaut Paolo Nespoli - will arrive July 28. They will join the like of NASA's Peggy Whitson, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy, and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who arrived at the outpost in November previous year.
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Space station commander Peggy Whitson - who on Monday will set a USA record for most accumulated time in orbit - notified Mission Control when S.S. John Glenn was captured.
Also aboard the S.S. John Glenn is equipment to be installed outside the space station during a spacewalk scheduled for May 12, 38 CubeSats (many built by university students from around the world) to be deployed from the station's Japanese airlock (or from the Cygnus itself) and a new advanced plant growth habitat.
She is not only the oldest and most experienced astronaut but the oldest and most experienced spacewalker as well.
Whitson launched to the station with Novitskiy and Pesquet last November, but she will remain aboard for an extended mission when they depart in June, returning to Earth Sept. 3 with Yurchikhin and Fischer.