LIVE NOW: International Space Station
Iowa Wesleyan Alum Commander Peggy Whitson live from the International Space Station.
Dr. Peggy Whitson graduated from Iowa Wesleyan in 1981 with a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry, Whitson went on to earn her Doctorate in Biochemistry from Rice University in 1985. She then continued her studies and started her career with Johnson Space Center and NASA.
Dr. Whitson is an Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee and 2011 Russian Medal of Merit for Space recipient. Whitson’s accomplishments have earned innumerable awards and honors, immeasurable respect, and more than a few entries in the annals of history.
Dr. Whitson is the first woman to command the space station twice. Her first tenure as commander was in 2007, when she became the first woman to hold this post. Whitson has an advanced degree in biochemistry, and prior to her selection as an astronaut candidate in 1996, she served in prominent medical science research and supervisory positions at NASA.