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Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko broke a world record for the duration of his stay in space, surpassing Gennady Padalka.

The Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) announced, according to Novosti Agency, “that at the 11th hour of this day, Kononenko became the longest-serving astronaut in space, surpassing his compatriot Gennady Padalka, who spent 878 days, 11 hours, 29 minutes and 28 seconds.”

Kononenko is currently performing his fifth space flight to the International Space Station, and arrived at the International Space Station on September 15, 2023 aboard the Russian Soyuz MS-24 spacecraft, alongside Nikolai Chub and American astronaut Loral O'Hara.

Kononenko is expected to return to Earth on September 23, 2024, and on June 5, he will also become the first astronaut to spend more than a thousand days in orbit.

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