NASA astronaut gets extended stay in space for record-breaking 353-day mission
NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei will remain on the International Space Station until March, giving him a record-setting spaceflight.
The mission extension, which was predicted before Vande Hei's abrupt launch in April, will see the veteran astronaut spend about 353 days living and working on the orbiting laboratory, according to a tweet the astronaut posted on Tuesday (Sept. 14). That will break the existing record for longest single spaceflight by an American astronaut: 340 days, currently held by Scott Kelly.
"Honestly, it's exciting," Vande Hei said in a video clip filmed on the space station.
"I think all astronauts are explorers at heart," he added. "I'm looking forward to, as a human being, understanding how it feels to do something like this."
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