Russian Oleg Kononenko was the first man to spend 1,000 days in space

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Russian Oleg Kononenko was the first man to spend 1,000 days in space

He turns 60 in two weeks. After 5 trips to the orbital base, it established a new landmark at 21:00:20 GMT.

This Tuesday, June 4, 2024, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko became the first man to spend 1,000 days in space. International Space Station (ISS).


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“I knew I had achieved something important, something new I crossed an obstacleI approached the unknown,” Kononenko said in his first statements to the TASS agency.

Kononenko, 59 years oldSet a new mark at 21:00:20 GMT after five trips to the orbital base.

A long time of the Russians It will allow scientists on the ISS to learn more about its physiological effects on the body, such as muscle atrophy, loss of bone mass, poor vision and loss of balance (vertigo).

“Long-haul flights expand our understanding of human capabilities. Eventually, humanity will begin interplanetary flight… 1,000 days limit It will contribute to the development of space medicine,” explained the astronaut.

The Russian Space Agency, RoscosmosIt usually allows its astronauts to stay on the orbital platform longer than NASA, which is why the Russians traditionally occupy the first positions in that field.

A new record

Kononenko, who turns 60 in two weeks, He is an accomplished manSince February 4, he has already become the longest-traveled astronaut in space with 878 days, 11 hours, 29 minutes and 48 seconds.

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The Russian, who arrived aboard Soyuz MS-24 in September 2023, spent 1,110 days — nearly three years — when Return to Earth next September 23.

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In total, Kononenko, who was born in the former Soviet republic of Turkmenistan, has made five trips to the ISS (2008, 2011, 2015, 2018 and 2023).

Disaster with Space Shuttle Columbia in February 2003 He was then prevented from flying to the ISS, delaying his space baptism by five years.

Engineer of Trip No. 70 and the 71st commander, who has completed seven spacewalks since 2008 (44 hours 30 minutes).

An unbeatable brand

brand of Kononenko is unbeatable todayThe next ten astronauts on the list are retired or deceased.

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The vast majority are Russians or born in ancient times Soviet UnionA major achievement considering NASA has always limited women’s stays on the ISS due to their high risk of developing cancer, except for American Peggy Whitson, who finished ninth with 675 days.

The next active astronaut is also Russian Sergei Prokofiev, which adds up to 567 days. However, it will be difficult for him to boost his personal brand as the Russian space agency Roscosmos has announced that it will abandon the ISS in the coming years to focus on building a new Russian space station.

Regarding the registration He continued to stay in spaceConducted by another Russian, Valeri Poliakov, who spent 437 days uninterrupted on the Russian MIR station between 1994 and 1995.

An astronaut with a career

“I fly to the universe to dedicate myself My favorite job And not to set records. Being an astronaut is a career I have dreamed about, been passionate about and aspired to since I was a child. “That passion, the possibility of flying in space, living and working in orbit drives me to keep flying,” he told TASS.

Kononenko Advocates to build a station in the future It will be “a real space house”, bigger, more comfortable and less dependent on Earth.

For this, he suggested Development of water regeneration systemsOxygen supply and space debris recycling.

As if nothing happenedDedicated to the Russian weekend Saturday to collect vital cargo brought to the station by the last progress attached to the shuttle. Supplies include gifts, clothing, food, and equipment for science experiments.

“I will study Effect of weightlessness About orientation in space. Let’s look for answers to the question of how to maintain the health of astronauts on long-duration launches and how to study our immunity. “This research will better prepare for future space missions and better conditions for flying and living in space,” he explained.

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