Image Credit & Copyright: NASA of Gennady Padalka during spacewalk removing the Strela-2 cargo boom from the Pirs docking compartment on the ISS’s Zarya module in 2012.
With much attention being given to the International Space Station’s (ISS) 1 Year Crew; NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko (Expedition’s 43-46) it’s important to remember that the third member of the current ISS crew and the cosmonaut that flew up to the ISS onboard Soyuz TMA-16M with the two 1 year guys; Gennady Padalka.
Today; Sunday, June 28, 2015 Gennady broke the all-time “Time in Space” record of 803 days by Sergei Krikalev with 804 days total time spent in space. He will have shattered that record when he lands at the end of this mission with 878 days total time spent off Earth.
He has served on both the Mir and International Space Stations and was ISS commander for Expedition 20; the first 6 person ISS crew as well as Expedition 32. He has flown to space five times and conducted 9 spacewalks (2 Mir & 7 ISS) at the time of this writing.
Congrats to Gennady on breaking the total time in space record.