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NASA Astronaut Frank Rubio Sets New Record for Longest U.S. Space Mission

Rubio is a member of the International Space Station's 69th expedition crew

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Aditya Saikrishna
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UNITED STATES: NASA astronaut Frank Rubio has etched his name into the annals of space exploration history by surpassing the previous record for the longest American space mission. 

Frank Rubio, a member of the International Space Station’s 69th expedition crew, is set to spend a staggering 371 days in Earth orbit, breaking the record set by NASA astronaut Mark T. Vande Hei in 2022.

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Frank Rubio’s monumental achievement, while not initially planned, underscores the resilience of the human body to the rigors of prolonged space travel. “It’s an honour to be able to be considered one of the people that’s going to have spent a year in space,” Rubio remarked in a recent interview with an American media channel. 

He emphasized the importance of understanding how the human body adapts to extended spaceflight, particularly as we prepare for future missions to the moon, Mars, and beyond.

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Originally scheduled for a six-month mission, Frank Rubio’s tenure was extended due to a spacecraft malfunction, presenting both challenges and opportunities for scientific inquiry. 

NASA astronaut Warren “Woody” Hoburg commended Rubio’s unwavering leadership during this unexpected extension, recognizing the tremendous sacrifice of being away from family for such an extended period.

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Frank Rubio now joins an elite group of spacefarers who have spent a year or more in space, a feat achieved by only seven individuals in history. The return to Earth, expected on September 27, will mark a new chapter in Rubio’s journey as he faces the anticipated challenges of reacclimatizing to life on our home planet.

As we celebrate Rubio’s groundbreaking achievement, it’s worth noting that Vande Hei’s extended stay and Rubio’s record exemplify the adaptability and dedication of astronauts in the face of unforeseen circumstances. 

The knowledge gained from Rubio’s mission will undoubtedly contribute to our understanding of long-duration space travel, propelling humanity further into the cosmos.

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