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Peggy A. WHITSON

NASA austronaut, USA

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: February 9, 1960, Montair, Iowa.

EDUCATION: 1981, she took her Bachelor Degree in biology/chemistry in Iowa () College. 1985, she took her degree of doctor in biochemistry in the () University, Houston, Texas.

MARITAL STATUS: married.
Husband - Clarons F. Samson.

AWARDS AND RANKS: awarded for working in a team for the Mir-Shuttle Program, Prize of the Rendolf Lovelance the Second American Aerospace Society, NASA medals and awards, International award of the KRUG company. Summ Kum Laud Honorary Degree from Iowa Veslain College, she is on the President list of honorary students for 1978-1981.

HOBBY: wind-serfing, cycling, basketball, water skis.

WORK EXPERIENCE: In 1986 she received job at JSC/NASA as a Member of National Board on the research.
From April, 1988 to September, 1989, she headed research team in biochemistry in the KRUG company, subcontractor of NASA.
In 1991-1997 she was professor assistant at the medicine and biochemistry and genetics departments in the Texas University, (), Houston. In 1997 she also was a professor assistant at biochemistry and molecular biology in the () University.
From 1991 to 1992 she was a member of a joint USA-USSR working team on space medicine and biology.
In 1992 she was assigned as a research manager of the Mir-Shuttle project and stayed at that position till Phase 1A completion in 1995.
From 1993 to 1996 she worked as deputy head of medical sciences department at JSC/NASA.
From 1995 to 1996 she was a co-chairman of the Russian-American working team on the scientific project.
In 1996 she was selected as a NASA candidate astronaut. After graduating two years training course she received a task from the astronaut office to support astronauts participation in the hardware testing in Russia in 1998-1999.
Currently she is being trained for flight as onboard engineer for backup ISS-3 crew and onboard engineer for the main crew ISS-5.

March 2002.
Based on materials from Lindon B. Johnson Space Center, NASA, USA.

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