Scott Kelly witnessed 10 times more sunrise & sunset than us
Scott Joseph Kelly (born February 21, 1964 in Orange, New Jersey) is an engineer, retired American astronaut, and a retired U.S. Navy Captain. A veteran of four space flights, Kelly commanded the International Space Station (ISS) on Expeditions 26, 45, and 46.
His brother Mark kelly is well-known astronaut as well
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly has really cornered the market on photographing sunrises and sunsets from space—not that he has much competition. But did you know that Kelly sees more of them than people on Earth do? Much more.
The International Space Station travels at a brisk 17,100 miles per hour. That means it orbits Earth every 90 minutes—so it sees a sunrise every 90 minutes. Thus, every day, the residents of the ISS witness 16 sunrises and 16 sunsets.
Kelly returned to earth on 2 March 2016 and set a record of the 340-day mission on the ISS. In that period of time, He has seen 10,944 sunrises and sunsets. Down here, We have seen just 684.
As we noted earlier, when Kelly returns to Earth this March, he has set the record for the longest spaceflight by an American, at 342 days. He also will have accumulated 540 total days in space, another U.S. record.
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But for the record for the most time spent in space ever, we must turn to the Russians. Cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, who returned from the ISS over the weekend, has spent 879 days in space over five trips. That’s more than two years in microgravity.