The Russian cosmonaut set a record for staying in space

The Russian cosmonaut set a record for staying in space

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko set a world record for the total time spent in space. On Sunday, February 4, Kononenko surpassed the achievement of the Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, who spent a total of more than 878 days in space for five missions. This was reported by “Roscosmos”.

59-year-old Oleg Kononenko is the commander of the cosmonaut detachment of the state corporation. Now he is making the fifth space flight of his career.

Kononenko is expected to become the first person to spend a total of a thousand days in near-Earth space by June 5. According to the plan, his current expedition ends on September 23.

The Reuters agency reminds that Kononenko started the current flight to the International Space Station (ISS) on the Soyuz MS-24 ship last year. The ISS is one of the few international projects on which Moscow and Washington are still cooperating, against the background of ongoing Russian aggression against Ukraine.

At the end of last year, Roscosmos announced that the cross-flight program with the American agency NASA would be extended until 2025.

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