Last month, astronaut Peggy Whitson performed her eighth spacewalk outside the ISS, setting the record for most spacewalks by a woman. On Monday at 3:27PM AEST, she made history yet again by breaking astronaut Jeff Williams' record for cumulative time in space by an American astronaut, which was 534 days, two hours and 48 minutes.
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Astronaut Peggy Whitson is no stranger to breaking barriers: In addition to becoming the first woman commander of the International Space Station (ISS), the Iowa native has logged 377 days in space between two missions -- the most of any American spacewoman to date. Now, on her third mission aboard the ISS, Whitson is racking up even more impressive feats -- today, she performed her eighth spacewalk, setting the record for most spacewalks performed by a woman.