Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka sets record for spending longest time in space [ Current Affairs ]
Gennady Padalka who is Russian cosmonaut has set a Guinness World Record for spending longest time in space with a total of 804 days or around 2.5 years in space as on July 2015. Gennady Padalka broke the previous record of 803 days, nine hours and 41 minutes set by Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev across six missions from 1998 to 2005.
- In 1989, Gennady Padalka was selected as a cosmonaut candidate at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in 1989.
- At present, Gennady Padalka is the commander of the International Space Station (ISS) which is orbiting the Earth. Gennady Padalka is joined ISS from 2000. He had taken part in various space expeditions.
- During 1986 to 2001, Gennady Padalka was also associated with Mir, a space station of Russia which had operated in low Earth orbit.
- Indian-American astronaut Sunita William holds the world records for most spacewalk time for a woman astronaut (50 hours, 40 minutes) and most spacewalks by a woman astronaut (seven times).
- Gennady Padalka also has participated in record 9 space walks till now. Padalka is going to return to Earth in September 2015.
- Published on: July 14, 2015