Astronaut Peggy Whitson was given a peculiar gift by the country of Kazakhstan once she was named leader of her mission.
- It's interesting. As an international mission, you get some interesting perspectives on, you know, a female going to orbit. So, in Russia, before my launch, we launched from Kazakhstan, and they gave me a whip, which in Kazakhstan is the symbol of the leader of the group got the whip, and so I received several whipsas gifts during my preparation for that flight. It was interesting, just the different cultures, the different perspectives.