The Russian has been on the ISS for a total of 878 days

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According to the Russian space agency Roscosmos, cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko (pictured above) set a world record on the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday with a total of more than 878 days in space so far.

For the 59-year-old, it is the fifth visit to humanity’s outpost in space, as announced by Roscosmos. Kononenko, commander of the cosmonauts in Roscosmos, surpassed the previous record of his colleague Gennady Padalka.

First flown to the ISS in 2008
By the end of his current stay on the ISS, scheduled until September 23, Kononenko’s cosmic record will last more than 1,000 days. The astronaut flew to the ISS for the first time in 2008. Now the 59-year-old Russian has been there again since mid-September – as part of the current 70th long-term expedition to humanity’s outpost at an altitude of about 400 kilometers.

The ISS space station (pictured above), which has been orbiting Earth since 1998, is one of the few areas where Russia and the US continue to cooperate, even after Russia’s offensive in Ukraine began in February 2022.

Russia plans its own space station
Their operation was originally planned until 2024, but the American space agency NASA does not want to decommission them until 2030. However, Roskosmos had already announced in July 2022 that it would withdraw from the project after 2024. Instead, Moscow is planning its own space station.

Source: Krone

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