U.S. astronauts have stayed in space for 289 days
- Published: December 31, 2019
- Source: Xinhuanet
American astronaut Christina Cork has been in space for 289 days as of December 28, setting a record for the longest single woman stay in space.
CNN quoted NASA as saying that since March 14 this year, Cork has been working and living on the International Space Station, staying in space for one time longer than the 288 previously set by retired female astronaut Peggy Whitson. Day record.
For this, NASA tweeted and congratulated Cork for "reaching new heights."
Cork told CNN on the International Space Station: "For science, this is an amazing thing. We understand from another perspective how the long-term microgravity environment affects the human body, which will affect the future space flight to the Moon and Mars. It matters. "
Cork is scheduled to return to Earth in February next year, at which time the one-time stay in space will reach 328 days, only 12 days less than the record for the longest single human stay in space set by retired astronaut Scott Kelly in 2016. Astronauts usually go to the International Space Station to perform tasks every six months.
While working on the International Space Station, Cork was involved in scientific experiments, space station maintenance, and operating visiting aircraft. In October this year, she and astronaut Jessica Meyer went outside the International Space Station to replace the power controller, completing the first all-female spacewalk. (Yuan Yuan) [Xinhua News Agency Special]