The spacecraft was launched on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Tuesday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. His widow, Annie, granted permission for Orbital ATK to use his name for the spacecraft.
Record-breaking NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson is set to shatter another mark, and you and your students can celebrate this historic event with some fun and educational resources that will enhance your students' knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Space station commander Peggy Whitson - who on Monday will set a US record for most accumulated time in orbit - notified Mission Control when S.S. John Glenn was captured.
Eastern time by French astronaut Thomas Pesquet using the stations' 58-foot robotic arm. In addition to his distinction as first American to orbit the Earth, Glenn would later go on to return to space at age 77, becoming the oldest person to ever enter orbit.
Whitson will be joined for President Trump's call by NASA astronaut Jack Fischer, who is scheduled to arrive at the orbiting laboratory Thursday, April 20. She is now the Commander of the ISS crew, making her the first woman to command the space station twice (she also headed the mission during her second six-month stay in 2007-2008). President Donald Trump will call her from the Oval Office to offer congratulations.More news: Russell's HR caps 4-run 9th as Cubs top Brewers 7-4
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Additionally, she is the first woman to command the space station twice, and holds the record for most spacewalks conducted by a female astronaut.
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