NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei this week set a brand new document for the longest spaceflight by an American.
Having arrived on the Worldwide House Station (ISS) on April 9, 2021, Vande Hei on Tuesday surpassed the prevailing 340-day NASA document set by Scott Kelly in 2016.
When Vande Hei returns to Earth on the finish of this month, his document will stand at 355 days.
NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei aboard the area station. NASA
The American astronaut arrived on the ISS with Russian cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrov and so the pair will share the document for the longest keep aboard the area station once they fly residence collectively on the finish of this month.
At first of their mission, Vande Hei and Dubrov have been anticipating a normal six-month mission, however adjustments in crew rotation schedules final fall resulted of their keep being prolonged.
Present NASA chief Invoice Nelson congratulated Vande Hei on his new spaceflight document, tweeting: “Right this moment [Mark Vande Hei] makes historical past, surpassing [Scott Kelly’s] document of the one longest spaceflight by a NASA astronaut! Mark’s keep will assist us perceive the results of longer length missions in area. Mark, thanks on your service & congrats!”
In a video (beneath) posted on Tuesday, the American astronaut, who’s on his second area mission, stated that when he returns to Earth he plans to “get outdoors as a lot as attainable,” including, “I’ve had an indoor job 24/7 for nearly a yr so I am trying ahead to being outdoors it doesn’t matter what type of climate.”
As for his most memorable experiences aboard the ISS, Vande Hei stated the attractive auroras are unforgettable (you may see a few of them within the video).
Aboard the Worldwide House Station, NASA Exp 66 Flight Engineer @Astro_Sabot answered social media questions on Mar. 10 and mirrored on his record-breaking spaceflight. pic.twitter.com/nTBIKMAUkr
— Worldwide House Station (@Space_Station) March 16, 2022
Moreover engaged on a bunch of experiments throughout his prolonged keep, Vande Hei additionally discovered time to move to the station’s Cupola module to seize gorgeous images of Earth because the ISS orbited at an altitude of about 250 miles.
Having stayed longer in area than most astronauts (although not so long as the document setting Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov, who stayed aboard the Mir area station for 437 days 18 hours within the mid-90s), researchers will probably be eager to learn how nicely Vande Hei’s physique tailored to spending an prolonged interval in microgravity situations, with the findings serving to NASA to raised design the upcoming crewed missions to the moon and Mars.