A grandfather is all set to break astronaut Scott Kelly’s record time span spent in space. This is quite a challenge the elderly astronaut is taking.
A grandfather who has three grandkids is about to shoot off into space. He plans on entering the record books as the American who spent the longest time in outer space.
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His name is Jeff Williams and he is 58 years of age. He made three lengthy flights into orbit around the earth. Now he wants to break astronaut Scott Kelly’s record.
At the end of the six month period in space, Jeff Williams will become the first man to spend the longest time in space. It will have been a grand total of 534 days in space, according to Phys.org.
Scott Kelly spent about a year’s time span in space. His cumulative days amounted to 520 in number. It was all a plan that was meant to test the effects of space travel on the body and mind.
The ulimate benefit of Scott Kelly’s space mission was to help pave the way for a Mars mission. The trip to the Red Planet would take many days and so it was going to be a lot of wear and tear on the body and mind.
The ultimate record for space days goes to Russian cosmonaut Genny Padalka. He had a cumulative total of 879 days in September 2015.
Williams spoke of how it was indeed a great privilege to be a part of such an honorable enterprise. He felt ready to embark on the mission. Williams was born in the state of Wisconsin and completed his graduation in 1976.
He became a pilot in the Navy. He has completed a record of 3000 hours on various flights in 50 different jet planes. Williams will begin his journey on March 18th. He will also engage in three spacewalks while out there in the vacuum of space.
His previous missions have served him well. He also has a following on social media rather in the same manner as Scott Kelly had while he was aboard the ISS.
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However, this time it will be his first time on board the ISS. His teammates will be two Russian cosmonauts. Williams has two sons. He will return to earth in September of this year. We wish him bon voyage and all the luck at such an old age. He definitely needs it.