NASA’s Peggy Whitson may have just taken off on a mission to the International Space Station, but the astronaut isn’t just flying into outer space — she’s flying into history.
According to Women in the World, she became the oldest woman (at the age of 56) to embark on a mission into space on Thursday, Nov. 17, beating out previous record holder Barbara Morgan, who made the journey in 2007 at the age of 55.
But that’s not the only way Whitson made history. She is also “the first woman to ever assume control of the ISS for a second time — in 2007, when Whitson first took control of the space station, she became the first woman ever to do so,” reports Women in the World.
Witnessing her history -making mission were fellow astronauts Oleg Novitskiy of Russia and Thomas Pesquet of France, who Women in the World says represented the European Space agency.