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Russian cosmonaut holds the record for longest stay in space

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The record for the longest continuous stay in space is now held by Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko. The previous record was also held by his compatriot Gennady Padalkar. Kononanko set a new record of 878 consecutive days in space.

Quoting the Russian Space Agency, the news agency Reuters reported that Kononanko set a record at 8:30 GMT on Sunday. The record is undoubtedly going to be long. Because next June 5 he will touch the milestone of 1000 days in space. And if it lasts until the end of September, this record will pass 1100 days.

“Not for any record, I came into space to do what I love,” Kononanko told Russian news agency Taske.

Kononanko was 263 miles from Earth when he spoke to Tass from the International Space Station (ISS). At this time he said, ‘I am proud of my achievements. But even more proud of the fact that the record for the longest stay in space is still held by a Russian.

Incidentally, before Kononanko, this record was held by Padalkar. He was in space for 878 days, 11 hours, 29 minutes, 48 ​​seconds. Kononanko’s space stay could be quite long this time. If so, he will surely take this record to unique heights.

Russia’s competition with the US-led Western countries in space research has been going on since the Cold War. Despite the funding crisis that followed the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990, Russia’s dominance in space remains strong.


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