Astronaut Peggy Whitson, called NASA’s most experienced astronaut, will be a keynote speaker at the 20th Annual Women in Aviation Conference, to be held in Atlanta in February.
Whitson, a biochemistry researcher, had her first space mission in 2002, including an extended stay aboard the the International Space Station. In 2007, she became the first female commander of the International Space Station when Expedition 16 was launched on October 10, 2007. She has accumulated 377 days in space, the most for any U.S. astronaut. The time includes six space walks totaling 39 hours, 46 minutes, more than any other woman.
The conference runs from February 26 to 28. Whitson is slated to speak on February 28 at the closing banquet.
The discounted conference rate is available at the Atlanta Hyatt Regency through February 2.For conference registration information: www.wai.org/09conference.