Peggy Whitson: Oldest woman in space blasts off to ISS

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The veteran Nasa astronaut is the first woman to have commanded the ISS and already holds the record for the longest time spent in space by a woman - turning 57 while on mission - she is the oldest woman in space.

By the time her mission ends, she will have spent more time in space than any other US astronaut, surpassing the 534-day record set by Jeff Williams.

"The most important thing about the station is the friendships and the work we accomplish there," she told a news conference before the launch.

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