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First Female ISS Commander
First Female ISS Commander

Five years ago today, on Oct. 10, 2007, U.S. astronaut Peggy A. Whitson, the first woman to command the International Space Station, launched with Expedition 16 crewmates on the Soyuz TMA-11.

Pictured here on Oct. 28, 2007, Whitson, takes a moment to pose for a photo with astronauts Scott Parazynski (left), STS-120 mission specialist, and Daniel Tani, Expedition 16 flight engineer, as they prepare for the mission's second session of extravehicular activity (EVA) in the Quest Airlock of the ISS while space shuttle Discovery is docked with the station. Parazynski and Tani are attired in their Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuits.

Image Credit: NASA

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