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Space is full of uncharted territory. But we don’t have to leave the planet to see a change in uncharted territory — NASA is bringing it to us right now, here on Earth.

Whitson will be 56 when she ventures out of this world on this upcoming Thursday — and she’ll even be spending her 57th birthday in space. How cool is that?

Ageism and sexism are serious problems in the workplace that women aren’t strangers to — and female astronauts have been facing sexism for years now (after all, the oldest man in space has been John Glenn, who had a run in space at age 77).

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We hope that her latest venture will lead to more women (of all ages) breaking barriers around the world… and beyond.