UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Astronaut of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Christina Cook can set a record for the duration of a continuous space flight among women.
The American arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on March 14, 2019 as part of the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft. This is her first space flight: Cook serves as a flight engineer.
On December 28, Cook broke the record of continuous zero gravity among women. In 2016-2017, the American Peggy Whitson worked in orbit for 289 days. Cook is expected to last 328 days.
Her return to Earth is scheduled for February 2020. An increase in Cook’s stay in space will help to study the effects of long space missions, NASA believes.
In October, Cook and Jessica Meir made their first “exclusively female” spacewalk. It lasted about seven hours, and during this time, the astronauts successfully replaced a failed battery.
Earlier it became known that the American astronaut Andrew Morgan will perform nine spacewalks in one flight. Thus, he will break the record of Russian cosmonauts.
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