proven track record
“It's a childhood dream come true.” Oleg Kononenko (59 years old) has been orbiting the Earth on the International Space Station since last September. This is the fifth time he has been there. His trip is scheduled to extend until September 23. Then he will count 1110 days in space in his favor. “I fly into space to do what I love, not to set records.” He told the Russian TASS news agency in an interview. Oleg Kononenko added that he is proud that the record remains that of a Russian astronaut.
It should be noted that the previous record was held by Gennady Ivanovich Padalka, who landed on his fifth mission after spending 878 days, 11 hours, 29 minutes and 48 seconds in space. A record broken by Oleg Kononenko thanks to his current mission.
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Thirst for space experiences
The space enthusiast, who joined the International Space Station for the first time in 2008, says that before going into space or even returning to Earth, it is necessary to prepare physically. In fact, every environment requires many adjustments. In fact, the machines they board are constantly being updated, and training is provided so that astronauts can discover them and, above all, handle them. The thing he values most during the trip, which does not change, is certainly the conviviality between colleagues but also mutual help.
Inside the International Space Station, many arrangements have been made to make space travel more comfortable. For example, astronauts can organize video calls to communicate with their loved ones on a daily basis. The computer network is also being developed and many programs are being installed inside the International Space Station. A good way for Oleg Kononenko, a father of two, to keep a place with them during the mission as long as it is where he is currently serving.
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