August 25, 2016

"Space station commander Jeff Williams set a new U.S. space endurance record Wednesday, his 521st day in orbit over four missions, eclipsing the 520-day record set earlier this year by astronaut Scott Kelly at the end of his nearly one-year stay​ aboard the lab complex."

CBS: Williams now moves up to 17th on the list of the world’s most experienced astronauts and cosmonauts. By William Harwood

'The overall record is held by cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, who logged 878 days in orbit over five missions.

'“I wanted to congratulate you on passing me up here in total number of days in space,” Kelly radioed Williams Wednesday. “It’s great to see another record broken. ... But I do have one question for you. And my question is, do you have another 190 days in you?”

'He was referring to the time Williams’ current mission would have to be extended to equal Kelly’s U.S. single-flight record.

'Williams laughed, saying “190 days. That question’s not for me, that’s for my wife!”

'In a recent interview with CBS News, Williams said he did not pay much attention to records, “but I reflect on the experience a lot.”'

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