NASA astronauts celebrated 300 days of orbit aboard the International Space Station by performing a microgravity bailer.
Three hundred days in space is cause for celebration and NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station performed a curious dance in microgravity.
Mark Vande Hei and Kayla Barron were recorded this week choreographing The Blue Danube by Johan Strauss II .
Vande arrived at the ISS on April 9, 2021 and has orbited the Earth 4,800 times and has traveled more than 200 million kilometers, according to NASA.
The American astronaut will stay a total of 335 days , breaking the existing record of 340 days set by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly in 2016.
Happy 300th Consecutive Day in Space to my friend and favorite space trick partner, @Astro_Sabot. I’m so grateful to be up here with such wonderful, hardworking, caring, fun human beings.
– Kayla Barron pic.twitter.com/DEP6O5pS7E
— NASA Astronauts (@NASA_Astronauts) February 3, 2022
Time in space
Although Mark was originally intended to spend a standard 6-month mission aboard the ISS, alterations in crew rotation schedules led to the astronaut having extended missions.
But Mark is yet to break the longest single stay in space. That honor goes to Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov , who stayed aboard the Mir space station for more than 14 months, completing a total of 437 days and 18 hours , during a mission that ended in 1995.
The Mir station is currently under the sea depths, more precisely, at Point Nemo in the Pacific Ocean . That is the same place where NASA plans to crash the ISS in 2031.