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Robert Pearlman
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Italian astronaut on space station sets new mission duration record by a woman

A 38-year-old Italian astronaut has broken the record for the most time in space on a single mission by a woman. And she still has five more days until she is scheduled to return home to Earth.

Samantha Cristoforetti set the record on Saturday (June 6) at 11:04 a.m. EDT (1504 GMT), surpassing the 194 days, 18 hours and 2 minutes logged by NASA astronaut Sunita "Suni" Williams onboard the International Space Station in June 2007. If Cristoforetti's flight home on Thursday (June 11) proceeds as planned, she will have been in space for 199 days, 16 hours and 42 minutes in total — give or take a few minutes based on when her Soyuz spacecraft lands on the steppe of Kazakhstan.

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Astronaut Christina Koch to set record for longest mission by woman

Christina Koch has a(n out-of-this) world record in her future.

NASA on Wednesday (April 17) said that Koch, who launched to the International Space Station on March 14 for an expected six-month mission, will not return to Earth until Feb. 6, 2020. After 328 days in orbit, Koch will have logged the single longest spaceflight by a woman.

...Koch's record for a single mission by a woman will surpass the 288 days logged by astronaut Peggy Whitson in September 2017.

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It's difficult to find a timeline in publicly available material, but this seems similar to the Kelly/Kornienko year-long mission decision. Is Koch's extension being done to accommodate Roscosmos' sale of a Soyuz seat to another party?

I seem to recall that the former decision was made in part because of the sale of a seat to Sarah Brightman. In that case, it was made prior to launch. Now, the ISS partners have decided this after launch, with Koch's return seat now sold to a UAE participant. I think if the real intent was to conduct a long-term spaceflight study, this would have been decided, and hyped by NASA and the media, long before Koch's mission began.

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I think it's a real shame she's not doing the extra 37 days. Kind of like running 25 miles of a marathon. Why would you? Can't they expand the launch schedule?

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Soyuz landing dates are a result of a number of different factors, including the lifespan of the spacecraft on orbit (about 200 days) and the desired lighting conditions in Kazakhstan. The activities on the space station also need to be taken into consideration, as other work slows in preparation for a departure.
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Is Koch's extension being done to accommodate Roscosmos' sale of a Soyuz seat to another party?
In part, yes. It is also a result of the Soyuz MS-10 launch abort; if Alexsey Ovchinin and Nick Hague had reached the space station as originally scheduled, then there may not have been an opportunity to extend Koch's mission.

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