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Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka entered Guinness World Records for spending 804 days on ISS

Jul 8, 2015 16:26 IST

Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka in the first week of July 2015 entered Guinness World Records for spending most number of days in the space.  He achieved the feat by spending 804 days on the International Space Station (ISS).

He surpassed cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, also a Russian, record of 803 days, nine hours and 41 minutes in the space which Sergei achieved across six missions from 1998 to 2005.

Padalka, who is also the commander of the crew on the ISS, is scheduled to return to earth in September 2015. It means he would have spent a total of 877 days in space by then.

ISS is a space station that was launched in 1998. It is the largest artificial satellite body that orbits earth nearly 400 km above the surface and it can be seen with naked eye. ISS moves at a very high speed and it completes 15.54 orbits per day.

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