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Astronaut Peggy Whitson to Receive Robert D. Ray Award
DES MOINES, Iowa – Astronaut and native Iowan Peggy Whitson, Ph.D., will be the recipient of the 2018 Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award. The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University made the announcement Thursday morning. Whitson holds the U.S. record for total days in space with 665 and has served as the Commander of the International Space Station. Her most recent trip to space was part of Expedition 50/51, where she was able to take part in four spacewalks.