Finally, a NASA astronaut will spend an entire year in space

A Soyuz spacecraft that was tethered to the International Space Station was struck by a micrometeoroid eleven days prior to Christmas in the previous year. This burst the vehicle’s cooling framework, making a sensational splash of coolant for quite a long time into space before there was zero remaining.

Frank Rubio, a NASA astronaut, had planned to return home around spring break in 2023 to see his wife Deborah and four children before this accident. The former helicopter pilot and flight surgeon only spent six months in space for his first mission.

However, in the end Russian and US engineers confirmed that the Soyuz space apparatus that he and two Russian crewmates — cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin — had traveled to the space station may not be alright for the return venture home. Overheating was likely to occur in the crew area. As a result, the damaged vehicle was flown home alone, and a new Soyuz flew independently to the station.

A startling test

That vehicle, Soyuz MS-23, was to have conveyed three group individuals to the station. In any case, since it was unfilled, it tumbled to Rubio and the two Russians to finish the mission that the first tenants of Soyuz MS-23 were to have satisfied. As a result, Rubio was informed that he would have to fly twice every six months.

Rubio stated on Wednesday aboard the space station, “It was unexpected.” It’s been an incredible challenge in some ways.”

In light of the Soyuz spill, Rubio has now turned into the NASA space explorer with the longest persistent timeframe in space. He broke Mark Vande Hei’s record of 355 days set in 2021 and 2022 on Monday, and when he lands later this month, Rubio will have been in space for 371 days.

During a video call with NASA Administrator Bill Nelson and Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy, Rubio stated that he had missed some significant summer 2023 events, such as a son’s departure for West Point and a college graduation. However, he stated that the extra time in space has been enjoyable.

Rubio and his Russian partners have been in space for such a long time that they will have lived and worked close by 28 associates from different countries, including Italy, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and the Unified Bedouin Emirates. During Rubio’s tenure, the space station has been visited by Crew Dragon missions 4, 5, 6, and 7, as well as the private Axiom 2 mission.

“Simply having that variety up here was a particularly special inclination,” Rubio said.

Keeping his body in good shape Rubio, a flight surgeon who got his doctorate from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, said he worked hard to stay fit in space. His work-out routine comprises of around 75 minutes every day on an obstruction machine, which mirrors weightlifting exercises, to keep up with his bone thickness. Furthermore, he goes through 30 to 45 minutes daily on an exercise bike or treadmill for cardiovascular movement.

Rubio is aware of the strain that can be placed on human bones, muscle strength, and other parts of the body that have evolved to live in Earth’s gravity over hundreds of millions of years. As a specialist, I’m truly eager to perceive how my body does when I return,” Rubio said.

Nelson praised Rubio before the call for accepting the year-long assignment.

“Working and living on the Global Space Station is the amazing open door, however there is no question that it additionally requires penance, particularly time away from loved ones,” Nelson told Ars. ” Plain took care of the surprising postpone in his return with beauty and amazing skill. We are thankful for the extraordinary science he has done on his record-breaking stay and can hardly hold on to invite him home in two or three weeks.”

NASA claims that data from missions like the one Rubio flew will help the space agency plan for missions that last a long time beyond low Earth orbit. Maybe Rubio, 47, who joined NASA in 2017, will be among the space explorers flying one of them.