Scott Kelly breaks the spaceflight record in the U.S. He has spent over 1 year of his life in the outer space due to 2 missions and 1 expedition on the International Space Station.
Kelly has 383 days spent in space, thus breaking the American record with a large number of days spent out there.
Until now, Mike Fincke held the record, with 382 days.
In a Twitter post, Kelly boosted himself with the record, stating that “records are meant to be broken.” He continued his post by saying:
“Look fwd to one of my colleagues surpassing my end 500+ days on our #JourneyToMars!”
Along with a Russian astronaut, Mikhail Kornienko, Kelly is on a space mission that will last for about a year. At the moment, he completed more than a half of this mission. When the mission ends, he will have cumulated 522 days in space.
Kelly is about to break another record concerning the consecutive days spent in space. Until now, the record was held by Mike Lopez-Alegria, who spent 215 consecutive days in the outer space.
Apart from Kelly and Fincke, other Americans who hold high records at spaceflights are Peggy Whitson, with 377 days; Mike Foale, with 374 days; Don Pettit, with 370 days.
However, when coming back home in March, Kelly will not break the overall record of days spent in space. The record of approximately two and a half years (879 days) is held by Gennady Padalka.
Padalka has recently set this record, when he came back from his sixth mission, surpassing Sergei Krikalev, with 803 days.
Kelly and a NASA member, Kjell Lindgren, are now going to perform spacewalks on October 28 and November 6. This activity will be broadcasted on Thursday on NASA TV.
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