Space sta­tion re­ceives old­est fe­male as­tro­naut, bit of Mars

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES - By Mar­cia Dunn

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. >> The In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion has gained three new res­i­dents, in­clud­ing the old­est and most ex­pe­ri­enced woman to or­bit the world.

A bit of Mars has also ar­rived, cour­tesy of a French­man who brought along a small piece of a Mars me­te­orite.

Launched Thurs­day from Kaza­khstan, the Rus­sian Soyuz cap­sule docked at the 250-mile­high out­post as NASA got set to launch a weather satel­lite from Florida. The Soyuz de­liv­ered NASA as­tro­naut Peggy Whit­son, French as­tro­naut Thomas Pes­quet and Rus­sian cos­mo­naut Oleg Novit­skiy.

They joined three men al­ready on board.

Whit­son, who’s 56, al­ready holds the record for the most time in space for a woman: nearly 400 days dur­ing her var­i­ous mis­sions. By the time she re­turns next spring, she should break the record for any Amer­i­can, man or woman.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Ser­vice arms rise to­wards Rus­sia’s Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the Soyuz MS-03 space­ship that will carry new crew mem­bers to the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion (ISS) from the Rus­sian leased Baikonur cos­mod­rome, in Kaza­khstan, Mon­day.

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