It’s been one week since International Space Station Expedition 45 commander, Scott Kelly set a new record for time logged in space.
On October 13th, the commander of the Expedition 45 crew aboard the International Space Station, Scott Kelly marked 200 days on the outpost. In addition, on October 15th, the set another record for total cumulative time logged in space. Overall, Scott Kelly logged 381 days, 15 hours, 11 minutes in space. This is the longest time that an U.S. astronaut has been in space until now.
The previous record has been set in 2011 by Mike Fincke, logging three missions in space. Fincke’s record was established during the last flight aboard the Endeavour space shuttle. The astronaut has also took part of two long-term missions aboard the International Space Station.
However, Scott Kelly is the first to have spent almost the duration of a year aboard the orbiting outpost in a single mission. Yet, orders are orders. Together with fellow astronaut of the Russian Federation, Mikhail Kornienko, commander Scott Kelly is bound to study the effects of long-term space travel on the human body and means of adaptation. All the data collected is used as the building stone of future human exploration missions targeting asteroids or the much-anticipated Mars.
Scott Kelly’s Twitter account is a delight. Among the most recent posts, one on October 16th reads:
“Records are meant to be broken. Look forward to one of my colleagues surpassing on our Journey to Mars!”
Record after record for Expedition 45 crew commander. Not only did Scott Kelly set a new record for time logged in space, but also, October 29th will be the day when he will mark the 216th day aboard the International Space Station. The longest period aboard logged by an U.S. astronaut was 215 days. That record has been set by the Expedition 14 crew commander Michael Lopez-Alegria in April 2007.
Considering that Scott Kelly will return to our home planet on March 3rd 2016, his days spent in space will reach 522. In 2002, engineer Carl Walz with Expedition 4 logged 196 days for a single mission and cumulative time of 230 days.
Scott Kelly is not only the holder of several records as an U.S. astronaut. Through these records he advances knowledge on the effects of space travel on the human body and mental health, being part of a multitude of research projects, even aboard the International Space Station.
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