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

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko A milestone has been reached as the first man to accumulate 1,000 Days in Space.

This feat was achieved while aboard the International Space Station (ISS). with 59 yearsKononenko has joined these days after five separate missions to the orbiting base.


The historic event took place at 21:00:20 GMT, marking a new milestone in space exploration.

Kononenko, who will celebrate his 60th birthday in two weeks, has already left his mark On February 4, it broke the record of 878 days, 11 hours, 29 minutes and 48 seconds in space.Displacing Gunnadi Patalka.

The Russian, who arrived in Soyuz MS-24 in September 2023, will add 1,110 days — nearly three years — when he returns to Earth on September 23.

Kononenko, achiever

The impact of Kononenko’s long stay on the ISS is beyond measure. Their presence during these years is important to scientists Better understanding of the physiological effects of prolonged stays in space.

Oleg Kononenko.

Photo:NASA

These effects include muscle atrophy, loss of bone mass, visual impairment, and loss of balance, important factors for the development of future long-term tasks.

Kononenko, a native of the former Soviet republic of Turkmenistan, has participated in five missions to the ISS over the years. 2008, 2011, 2015, 2018 and 2023. When he returns to Earth on September 23, he will have spent a total of 1,110 days in space, nearly three years.

Considering that the next ten astronauts on the list have already retired or died, this feat is currently unmatched. Except for American Becky Whitson who finished ninth with 675 days. The achievement is particularly noteworthy because NASA has historically limited women’s stay on the ISS due to the high risks of cancer.

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Next closest active astronaut to Kononenko Sergei Prokofiev spent 567 days in space. Increasing their time on the ISS may be a challenge, however, as the Russian space agency Roscosmos has said it wants to leave the ISS in the coming years to focus on building a new Russian space station.

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*This content was rewritten with the help of artificial intelligence based on information from EFE, and reviewed by a journalist and editor.

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