Commander of international space station set to break a big record

Astronaut Peggy Whitson will hit a record of 666 days in space with more spacewalks than any other female astronaut when she lands in September.
1:49 | 04/23/17

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Transcript for Commander of international space station set to break a big record
Finally tonight she's out of this world record commander of the International Space Station about to break a big record tonight here's ABC's you Benitez. They call it the Peggy factor mission control's code word for the way superstar astronaut Peggy Woodson. Always gets the job done I love it up here tonight commander wits and making history with her record for any American. By the time she lands in September her tally will be 666. Days in space with more space walks currently eight. Then any other female astronaut she says what matters is the mission. I'm not here because of the record that I I think. Having their record is important because we have to continue to progress we have to continue to take the next steps Woodson is perhaps a surprising inner stellar star at nine growing up on a farm in Iowa she watched the moon landing and her dream was for any time young girls are supposed to do this kind of she persevered earning a Ph.D. in bio pen and landing a job with NASA. Then overcoming the long thoughts it was ten years before NASA decided she had the right stuff to become an astronaut. Her favorite thing about being in space simply seeing the earth from north Africa's reds to the Caribbean blues from so far away. We need to do mourn. To be one wondered when people G open each has ABC news New York. And tonight Peggy Woodson tweeting her regrets it from space saying it's one of the rides you hope it never ends. We of course we're sure a safe return in late summer. Thanks so much for watching tonight on Tommy Ellis in New York GMA first thing in the morning David Muir right back here tomorrow night have a great evening.

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