NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Makes History Twice in One Week

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This week, NASA broadcasted live from the International Space Station (ISS), using the first 4k live stream from space! NASA partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) on the “highest resolution video ever broadcast live from space” to allow Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer at the ISS to answer questions from the National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas. The video from April 26, 2017 of the live stream can be viewed here.

Peggy Whitson also made history earlier this week when she broke the record for the most days spent in space. Previously, the record, set by Astronaut Jeff Williams last year, was 534 days in space. NASA predicts that by the end of her current mission, Whitson, a biochemist and two-time commander of the ISS, will have spent 650 days in space by the time she returns to Earth in September, according to an NPR report. In recognition of her achievements, Whitson also received a congratulatory phone call from President Trump on Wednesday.