Blue Dot 178: Living In Isolation With Your "Family": A Conversation With Astronaut Peggy Whitson

May 1, 2020

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Dave talks to retired NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson. She holds records for the most time in space for any American, any woman and commanded the International Space Station TWICE! Peggy shares her out of this world experiences by giving very down to Earth advice about how to deal with living in a confined space with your crew -- which for many of us, is our family. 

Peggy has spent 665 days in Earth orbit, enough time for a hypothetical round trip to Mars. Her story is one of remarkable perseverance, she spent years trying to make the astronaut corps before finally getting in but after she did, Whitson became one of NASA's most accomplished space explorers. And like Captain Kirk, she was born on a farm in Iowa!