A milestone in human achievement has been set by Sergei Krikalev by being in space for 748 days… and he will most likely continue to improve on this record by another 66 days by the time he returns to Earth in October this year.
Mr. Krikalev beat the previous record set by another cosmonaut named Sergei, Sergei Avdeyev to be exact, at 12:44am (GMT -6), 16 August 2005 (which was roughly six hours before this post but happened “yesterday” in Malaysia… different timezones have crazy effects on news reporting).
Here’s some memorable quote from HoustonChronicle‘s coverage (emphasis mine):
“Fly on, Sergei,” NASA’s Mission Control radioed the world’s most accomplished space traveler as he set the cosmic milestone at 12:44 a.m. “You will have to congratulate me every day from now on,” Krikalev joked with the station’s companion flight control team in Moscow.
“I’ve had people tell me I’m good at it,” he (Krikalev) said. “Maybe ’cause I like it, I’m good. Maybe because I’m good at it, I like it.”
So, if you want your newborn son to be an astronaut, get a head start by naming him Sergei 😉