Astronaut Jeff Williams, is new record holder for most cumulative days living and working in space.
On Aug. 24, 2016, Space Station Commander Jeff Williams passed astronaut Scott Kelly, also a former station commander, for most cumulative days living and working in space by a NASA astronaut (520 days and counting). Williams is scheduled to land on Sept. 6, for a record total of 534 days in space.
The Expedition 47/48 mission is Williams’ fourth spaceflight and third long-duration stay on the space station, a first for an American. Williams served as the flight engineer and lead spacewalker for space shuttle Atlantis’ STS-101 mission in 2000.
In this photograph taken on June 30, 2016, Williams monitors bowling ball-sized internal satellites known as SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites) during a maintenance run in the International Space Station’s Japanese Kibo Laboratory Module.
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