Congratulations and lots of love to our friend Astronaut Jeff Williams!!! From today August,25,2016 Jeff has completed 520 days and 32 minutes (EDT time) in Space.
This is the second time in less than a year that a NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Astronaut has broken a record of most time spent in Space. He is the commander of Expedition 48 crew & will return to Earth next month (13 days) on September,6,2016 having completed 534 days in Space.
Jeff arrived at the station somewhat later than fellow Astronaut Scott Kelly, on March 18,2016 and since the beginning of his proffession in 1996 , he has performed four trips into orbit which span the entire history of the space station.
Jeff has become the first American to spend 3 long term Expeditions aboard the Space Station.
He has accompanied the Space Station during its life trajectory, being introduced and launched to on May 2000 from Space Shuttle Atlantis, six months before the first expedition arrived. Now approx. 16 years later he resides in the Laboratory Space Station, investigating and enjoying the marvellous wonders of our Universe and the spectacular perspectives that reflect from observing the Earth.
Congratulations once again Expedition 48 and Flight Commander Jeffrey Williams for this amazing stance and the best wishes for your landing.
Shortly, Astronaut Peggy Whitson is expected to surpass the highest record of time in Space and complete her projected total of 557 days by May 2017. This would rank her #8 on the worldwide community of Space Explorers.