NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams Breaks U.S. Record for Most Days Lived in Space

Thursday, 25 August 2016 - 12:46PM
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Thursday, 25 August 2016 - 12:46PM
NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams Breaks U.S. Record for Most Days Lived in Space
Earlier this year, Scott Kelly broke the record for most days spent in space by a U.S. astronaut during his historic yearlong mission. Now, that record has been shattered once again, as NASA astronaut Jeff Williams is celebrating his 521st day on the ISS.

During Scott Kelly's #YearinSpace, he broke the previous record set by Mike Fincke, who finished 382 days in space in 2011. When Kelly returned from his mission on March 1, he had spent a total of 520 days, 10 hours and 30 minutes in orbit over the course of four spaceflights. 

Williams reached the ISS just a couple of weeks later, on March 18, and he is still living on the ISS today. Yesterday, he officially surpassed Kelly's time in space, and has now been in orbit for a record 521 days and counting. Like Kelly, he was the commander of the station, and has divided his record-breaking days over four spaceflights in the past two decades.

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"It is an honor to spend any day in space and certainly, to have accumulated that time is truly an honor for me," said Williams in a NASA interview (via Space.com).
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Kelly personally gave congratulations to Williams for breaking the record once again, as seen in this video taken at CAPCOM in Houston:



And just as Kelly only held the record for a few months, Williams isn't expected to be the record-holder for very long. Peggy Whitson is anticipated to break his record when she launches to the ISS in November, eventually spending a projected 534 cumulative days in space. She already holds the record for most days spent by an American woman in space, with a little over 376 days in space.
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