Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Meet Peggy Whitson: Ax-2 Mission Commander | Axiom Space

Meet Peggy Whitson: Ax-2 Mission Commander | Axiom Space

"Axiom Mission 2 (Ax-2) will be Axiom Space’s second all-private astronaut mission to the International Space Station (ISS), marking another pivotal step toward Axiom Station, the world’s first commercial space station and a successor to the ISS. Axiom Space’s Director of Human Spaceflight Peggy Whitson, a former NASA astronaut and ISS commander, will lead the privately funded mission."

"The Ax-2 crew is currently scheduled to launch in the spring of 2023. The four-person Axiom Space crew will fly to space in SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft atop its Falcon 9 rocket to participate in a 12-day mission, including 10 days working and living on the orbiting laboratory to implement a full mission manifest of science, outreach, and commercial activities."

"With more than 35 years of experience in space and science, Peggy Whitson is an Axiom astronaut slated as the backup commander of Ax-1 and the commander of Ax-2—the first-ever private missions to the International Space Station (ISS). Positions she held during a historic NASA astronaut career include Chief of the Astronaut Office, Commander of the International Space Station (twice), Chair of the Astronaut Selection Board, Science Officer, Operations Branch Chief, Deputy Division Chief for both Medical Sciences and the Astronaut Office, and co-chair of the US/Russian Mission Science Working Group."

"Peggy flew on three long-duration missions to the ISS (Expeditions 5, 16, 50/51/52) and spent more cumulative time in space than any US astronaut or any woman in the world (665 days). She has conducted 10 Extra-Vehicular Activities (EVA, spacewalks), with over 60 EVA hours to her credit, and performed hundreds of research experiments on board the ISS."

"A holder of B.S. degrees in biology and chemistry from Iowa Wesleyan and a doctoral degree in biochemistry from Rice University, she has been honored with various NASA medals in Leadership, Outstanding Leadership, and Exceptional Service, as well as Glamour’s Woman of the Year (2017), TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World (2018), and Women in Aviation Lifetime Achievement Award (2017)."

"Peggy A. Whitson, Ph.D. holds the titles of Astronaut and Director of Human Space Flight at Axiom Space."

Former NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson's Official Biography:

"Aviator John Shoffner of Knoxville, Tennessee, will serve as the Ax-2 pilot. The two mission specialists will be announced at a later date."

"Axiom Space is guided by the vision of a thriving home in space that benefits every human, everywhere. The leader in providing space infrastructure as a service, Axiom offers end-to-end missions to the International Space Station today while privately developing its successor—a permanent commercial destination in Earth’s orbit that will sustain human growth off the planet and bring untold benefits back home."

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Credit: Axiom Space

Duration: 34 seconds

Release Date: Jan. 25, 2023

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