Astronaut Scott Kelly Hits Spaceflight Milestone

No American has spent more time away from Earth at once.

Kelly spent his 216th consecutive day in space today, surpassing the previous record held by U.S. astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria who spent 215 days in space as commander of the Expedition 14 crew in 2006.

Earlier this month, Kelly reached his 383rd cumulative day in space, beating astronaut Mike Fincke’s record of 382 cumulative days and cementing him as the American who has spent the most days in orbit.

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