/ 25 September 2023

Space comings and goings


Talk about overtime… A US astronaut has broken a NASA record for the longest consecutive time in space, with his 6-month mission stretching out to more than a year. Frank Rubio arrived at the International Space Station on 21 September last year and would have been back on Earth by now if his craft hadn’t started leaking coolant. There are 2 Russian astronauts with Rubio, but there are no records for them… That’s because Russian astronaut Valeri Polyakov spent 437 days in orbit in the 90s. In a recent interview, Rubio said he’s looking forward to “just going out in the yard and enjoying the trees” – and who can blame him? In other space news, not returning home anytime soon is India’s Chandrayaan-3, which is sound asleep on the moon. And arriving on Earth for the first time is 250g of a 4.5 billion-year-old asteroid, with the help of some Aussie scientists. The sample was collected 2 years ago by NASA, and it’s been quite a feat to get it back… 

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