Russian cosmonaut breaks world record for longest time in space

Russian cosmonaut breaks world record for longest time in space

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko on Sunday broke the world record for the most cumulative time anyone has ever spent in space. The Russian space organization Roscosmos reported this on Sunday. With 878 days and twelve hours, the 59-year-old Russian has surpassed the 2015 record of compatriot Gennady Ivanovich Padalka. Despite the pride that Kononenko expresses about his own achievement, he emphasizes that he is more proud that the record “is still in the hands of a Russian cosmonaut.”

On September 15, 2023, the Russian cosmonaut was launched to the International Space Station together with NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara and Nikolai Chub. It is Kononenko’s fifth mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Before that, he traveled to the ISS in 2008, 2011, 2015 and 2019. Should the cosmonaut complete his current mission, he will be the first person in the world to spend a thousand days in space.

The ISS is one of the few areas where the United States and Russia still work closely together. After the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, most existing cooperation between the two superpowers broke down. Roscosmos announced in December that the cruise flight program, in which Russia and the US transport each other’s astronauts to the ISS, has been extended until 2025.




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