In this image from August 2021, NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei sits and reads while aboard the International Space Station.

Vande Hei made it into record books on Tuesday, March 15, 2022: He broke the record for the most consecutive days in space by an American explorer.

Vande Hei arrived at the space station on April 9, 2021, and is expected to return home March 30, 2022, after spending 355 days in low-Earth orbit. This duration breaks the previous record, held by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, by 15 days.

His then-crewmate Thomas Pesquet, who snapped the picture, said: “If you are reading this sitting down, maybe on a sofa or couch, consider that we will not sit down… until we are back on Earth! Of course we don’t need to sit down up here, and I am not complaining at all, but sometimes that wonderful feeling of relaxation – that moment when you change from running around to letting yourself drop into a chair – that moment can be wonderful I am sure you all agree, and we do miss it sometimes! I think Mark did here too and made a makeshift reading table to enjoy a book – absolutely unnecessary in weightlessness but so nice to construct some semblances of normal life every now and again!”

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Image Credit: ESA/NASA-T. Pesquet


在这张2021年8月的照片中,NASA马克·范德·黑(Mark Vande Hei)在国际空间站上坐着看书。

2022年3月15日,星期二,范德·黑打破了美国宇航员在太空中连续天数最多的记录。

范德·黑于2021年4月9日抵达空间站,在近地轨道停留355天后,预计将于2022年3月30日返回地球。这一持续时间打破了由NASA宇航员斯科特·凯利此前保持的340天记录。

他当时的机组人员托马斯·佩斯奎特拍下了这张照片,他说:“如果你正在坐下来阅读这篇文章,也许是在沙发或沙发上,考虑到我们不会坐下来……直到我们回到地球上!当然,我们不需要坐在这里,我一点也不抱怨,但有时那种美妙的放松感觉——从跑来跑去变成让自己倒在椅子上的那一刻——我相信你们都同意这一点,那一刻是美好的,我们有时确实会想念它!我想马克也在这里做了一个临时的阅读桌来享受一本书——在失重状态下绝对没有必要,但不时地构建一些正常生活的表象真是太好了!”

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图片来源:ESA/NASA-T. Pesquet

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