New Space Record: Wisconsin Astronaut Spend over 520 days in Space
A Wisconsin astronaut has broken the previously held American record for the longest stay in space which previously at 520 days.
Astronaut Jeff Williams, 58, broke Scott Kelly’s record on Wednesday. According to NASA spokesman Brandi Dean William will have logged a total of 534 days at the International Space Station when he finally comes back to earth on the 6th of September 2016.
In a statement, Bradi said Williams was doing ok and was in the company of Takuya Onishi from the Japanese Space Organization, Kate Rubins as well as three other Russian Cosmonauts. She also added that the group had a lot on their plate, and they were keeping busy.
The six astronauts are currently involved in a series of experiments and the data collected is transmitted back to earth for comprehensive analysis. On Thursday, Williams was carrying out research on the effects of zero gravity on the heart’s functionality.
To that effect, NASA can learn how the body gets affected by long space missions.
According to Dean when the body is not fighting against gravity, there tends to be a buildup of fluid in the head. The phenomenon leads to astronauts develop bulged eyes which in turn affects their vision while in space. Dean added that they were trying to figure out this occurs and how they can prevent it before they send astronauts on longer space missions.
Williams may not enjoy his new record for long since astronaut Peggy Whitson is setting up for a six month mission starting in November and has already logged in 377 days in space.
Astronaut Scott Kelly congratulated William after being dropped by mission control on Wednesday.