A man from Russia has set a world record for the longest time spent in space.
Oleg Kononenko has spent more than 878 days of his life, or about two and a half years, in space.
On February 4, he broke the record previously held by Gennady Padalka of Russia.
Gennady Padalka spent 878 days, 11 hours, 29 minutes and 48 seconds in space during 5 space flights and retired in 2017.
59-year-old Oleg Kononenko took this record during the 5th flight from Earth to space.
Talking to the Russian media, he said that “I travel to space for my favorite work, not to make records”.
He added that ‘I am proud of all my achievements, but I will be proud when I hold the record for the duration of a continuous stay in space, which is currently held by a Russian cosmonaut.’
Their current mission will end at the end of September, bringing their total stay in space to 1110 days.
He started his career as an engineer and began training to become an astronaut at the age of 34.
In April 2007, he launched the first space mission and spent 200 days in space.
Oleg Kononenko said that he constantly exercises to avoid weightlessness and other effects in space.
He traveled to space 5 times in 16 years and each time he found it more difficult to prepare for the new journey.
According to the Russian cosmonaut, ‘the process of becoming an astronaut is becoming more complex with innovation in technology, the various systems and experiments are now more complex’.