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Peggy Whitson (Peggy Annette Whitson)

Last Updated: 21 Sep, 2022 | Views: 178

Age: 62

Profession: Astronaut

Other Profession(s): Biochemist, Research Scientist

Higher Education: Bachelor of science in Biology and Chemistry, PhD in Biochemistry

Birth Date, Sign & Religion Details

Date of Birth
09 Feb, 1960
Birth Country
United States
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About Peggy Whitson

About (Profile/Biography):

Peggy Annette Whitson is a retired NASA astronaut born on February 9, 1960. Her background is in biochemistry, and she is a former NASA Chief Astronaut. The first moon landing she watched on television in 1969 inspired her to become an astronaut. Peggy Annette Whitson’s parents were farmers. Upon graduation from Mount Ayr Community High School in 1978, Whitson graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College with a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry.


1997: Whitson joined Rice University's Maybee Laboratory for Biochemical and Genetic Engineering as an adjunct assistant professor.

2002: A member of Expedition 5 aboard the International Space Station, Peggy Annette Whitson made her first space flight in 2002. The 16th Expedition marked her first time as commander of the International Space Station.

2009: As NASA's Chief Astronaut, Peggy Annette Whitson became the first woman to hold that position.

2021: Peggy Annette Whitson was announced as the backup commander for Axiom Mission 1, raising the possibility of her flying a future Axiom Space mission.

May 2021: The second Axiom mission, Axiom Mission 2, was confirmed by Whitson.

Awards and Achievements:

NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal (2006)

NASA Space Flight Medal

NASA Space Act Award for Patent Application

NASA Certificate of Commendation (1994)

NASA Sustained Superior Performance Award

Unknown Facts:

Peggy Annette Whitson ranks ninth on the list of total space-time spent as of April 2021.

She began her career as a Resident Research Associate of the National Research Council at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Physical Stats

Height (Approx.)
In Centimeters 165 cm
In Meters 1.65 m
In feet Inches 5'5"
Weight (Approx.)
In Kilograms 50 Kg
In Pounds 110 lbs
Eye Color
Dark Brwon
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Family Details

Father's Name
Keith Whitson
Mother's Name
Beth Whitson
Clarence F. Sams
Brian, Hugh