Here’s a story that will make any hassle you face this weekend seem just a little less serious.

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, 48, the first female commander of the international space station, has spent the last six months in space.

She and her two crew members were due to land back on earth early Saturday morning. And they did. But a steeper than planned re-entry angle landed them 295 miles away from where they were meant to be — in Kazakhstan.

It wasn’t the only difficulty she endured:

Spacewalking astronauts risked electrocution executing emergency repairs on a high-voltage solar wing that ripped during deployment after a 17.5-ton power girder was relocated. A solar-wing motor drive also broke down, forcing Whitson and fellow astronaut Dan Tani to do some spacewalking fix-it work before the European lab could be launched. And Tani’s 90-year-old mother died in an car-train accident in Chicago while he was in space.

“Some of my proudest moments of this mission have been how we handled the problems that came up,” Whitson said during one of her last interviews on the station. Through it all, Whitson earned a reputation for high achievement — one that prompted mission planners to assign the crew extra work every day. NASA called it “The Peggy Factor.”

“We account for the fact that Peggy is going to do things more efficiently, and that she likes to work some on her time off, and so she’ll accomplish more,” said NASA deputy station project manager Kirk Shireman.

“We’ve really, really had an exciting mission,” said Whitson before coming home. “It’s more than we could have asked for.”

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