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Record-breaking 878+ days in space set by Russian cosmonaut

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From‍ the heart of MOSCOW ‍— A new world record‍ has been set ‌by Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko for the longest duration spent ‌in space, surpassing the previous record held by his fellow countryman Gennady Padalka, who spent over 878 days in orbit, according⁤ to⁢ Russia’s ‍space corporation.

At precisely​ 0830⁢ GMT,‌ Kononenko ⁤made history,⁤ as confirmed by ‌Roscosmos. It is anticipated that Kononenko will reach a⁣ total of 1,000 days in space ⁣by June 5, and by ⁤the end of September, he will have spent an impressive 1,110 days in orbit.

In an interview with TASS ‍from the International Space⁣ Station, orbiting approximately 263 ⁣miles from Earth, Kononenko said,​ “I venture into space to​ pursue ⁣my passion, not to break records.”

He added, “While ⁢I take pride in all my accomplishments, I am prouder‌ still that ​the⁣ record for the longest human stay​ in space is held by‍ a Russian cosmonaut.”

The‌ 59-year-old Kononenko has now surpassed⁢ Padalka,​ who had accumulated a total of ⁢878 days, 11⁤ hours, ‌29 minutes, and 48 seconds in space, as​ stated by Roscosmos.

The ⁤Soviet Union‍ startled the ​West during the ⁤initial stages of⁤ the space⁢ race⁣ by being​ the ‍first to launch⁢ a ‍satellite into ‌Earth’s orbit‌ — Sputnik 1, ⁤in⁤ 1957. Subsequently, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to ⁣journey into space in 1961.

However, following‍ the‍ dissolution of‌ the⁢ Soviet Union in 1991, Russia’s space program ⁤faced significant funding deficits and⁤ corruption⁤ issues.

Under President Vladimir‍ Putin’s administration, officials have repeatedly pledged⁣ to revitalize Russia’s space ⁢programs, although significant‌ challenges persist, as ​per officials and space analysts.

Life Beyond Earth

Kononenko revealed that he maintains a regular workout routine to combat the ⁣physical effects of the “insidious” weightlessness in space. However, it​ is upon his return to Earth that he realizes the‌ extent ​of ​life he⁣ has missed.

He stated, “I do not ‌feel ⁤deprived or isolated.”

He further added, “It⁤ is only ‍when I return home that ​I realize that⁣ my children have been growing up without their father for hundreds ⁣of days. This lost time ​is irreplaceable.”

Kononenko mentioned that modern technology allows cosmonauts to use video ⁣calls and messaging to stay connected with their families. However, preparing for each ⁢new space flight has⁤ become increasingly challenging ⁤due⁤ to ⁢technological advancements.

“The profession of a cosmonaut is becoming more complex. The systems and ​experiments ‍are⁢ becoming more intricate. I​ must emphasize, ‍the preparation has not become easier,” he said.

Since ⁤childhood, Kononenko⁢ had dreamed‍ of venturing into space. He enrolled in ⁤an engineering institute and underwent cosmonaut‌ training. His first space flight was in 2008.

His most ​recent ⁢journey to⁤ the ⁤ISS was ‍launched last year on a Soyuz MS-24.

The⁢ ISS remains one⁢ of the few international projects‌ where the United States and Russia continue to collaborate closely. In ‍December, Roscosmos announced‍ that a cross-flight program with NASA to the ISS had been extended until 2025.

However, relations between the two ​countries in⁤ other areas have deteriorated since Russia’s⁣ invasion of Ukraine nearly two years ago. In response, Washington has supplied arms to Kyiv and imposed successive ‌rounds of sanctions on Moscow.

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