The ISS is located nearly 250 miles above the Earth’s surface. The following is a list of women who have traveled into space, sorted by date of first flight.Although the first woman flew into space in 1963, very early in crewed space exploration, it would not be until almost twenty years later that another flew.Female astronauts went on to become commonplace in the 1980s. Peggy A. Whitson is a ground— and record —breaking NASA astronaut. In the ISS, the 57-year-old biochemist kept herself busy by conducting experiments related to studies of cancerous lung tissue and bone cells.

15 August 2017. This is a chronological list of commanders of the International Space Station.A pre-decided inhabitant of the ISS assumes command upon departure of the previous commander, at the end of an expedition, in a small hand-over ceremony. Attired in Russian Sokol launch and entry suits, NASA astronaut and Expedition 16 commander Peggy A. Whitson, the station's first female commander; cosmonaut Yuri I. Malenchenko (center), Soyuz commander and flight engineer of Roscosmos; and spaceflight participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor walk from the RSC Energia Assembly and Testing Facility. On Aug. 22, 2017, Whitson had spent 655 days in space, holding the record as the oldest astronaut at 57-years-old … Five years ago today, on Oct. 10, 2007, U.S. astronaut Peggy A. Whitson, the first woman to command the International Space Station, launched with Expedition 16 crewmates on the Soyuz TMA-11. MAKERS. Peggy Whitson, First Female Commander of the ISS.

Pictured here on Oct. 28, 2007, Whitson, takes a moment to pose for a … Peggy Whitson, who spent 665 days on the international space station (ISS), is back to Earth.