US astronaut Peggy Whitson, 57, surged past Jeff Williams’ 534-day U.S. record for most cumulative time in space. The world record is 879 days of cumulative time in space, set by Russian cosmomaut Gennady Padalka. But Peggy Whitson’s space trip will end in September, marking her down for 666 straight days in space.

When Peggy lands in September, her record will be officially capped at 666 days. SPOOKY!

Despite the glory of breaking records, Peggy Whitson says that she’s “not here because of the record” but instead is in space “for conducting the science” .. Peggy’s research in space is a vital step necessary for astronauts to make it to Mars. She’s conducting research for future NASA Mars voyages, because there are still “critical questions to answer” before we can make the sprint to the red planet.

Trump signed a NASA bill which emphasizes the plan to get NASA on Mars by the 2030s.

So what is Peggy Whitson studying precisely? Well, she’s studying how living in zero gravity can effect your medical status, such as bone density and muscle constriction. One thing we know about space & getting to distant places is that a lot of radiation is in the way. Whitson believes “radiation” will be “the biggest hurdle probably for the human body” ..

Radiation was a big threat facing NASA astronauts when soaring to the moon.

Whitson noted that getting to Mars as quick as you can will “probably be the easiest solution” therefore you have lower chance of radiation killing you along the way.

The U.S. record for most cumulative time in space now belongs to Peggy Whitson, but she’s made history before. In 2008, she became the first female to command the International Space Station. She also set a record last month when she did her 8th ever spacewalk, which surpassed NASA’s Sunita Williams for the woman with the most cumulative “extra-vehicular” activity in space.

Peggy will receive a call from President Trump & his daughter Ivanka, in less than an hour, to congratulate her on making history