NASA has confirmed that it is extending the length of time two astronauts will remain on the ISS. The two crewmembers are having their time aboard the station extended to nearly a year. The announcement of extended stays for the astronauts comes as work aboard the orbiting laboratory has increased. NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrov will continue to live aboard the space station until March of next year.
With the extended mission, Vande Hei will hold the record for the longest single spaceflight for an American astronaut when he returns to Earth. While the astronauts will remain aboard the station to work, there are upsides to extending the stay for NASA. For example, the agency will gain additional insight into how the body adapts to long-term spaceflight.
Learning how humans deal with long-term spaceflight is important as NASA looks to the future with Artemis missions exploring the moon and missions to Mars in sight. With two additional crew members aboard the space station, additional research can be pe