Astronaut Frank Rubio made history. Not only was he the first American astronaut to spend an entire year in space, he currently holds the record for America's longest time in space. When Rubio finally returns home on September 27, he will have spent 371 days on Earth. But it wasn't originally planned for Rubio to hold the record for longest single spaceflight. He arrived at the International Space Station on a Soyuz MS-22 on September 21, 2022, and his return was scheduled for March of this year. Unfortunately, cosmonauts Sergei Prokopyev and Dmitri Peterin's Soyuz capsule hit a micrometeorite, causing a coolant leak, leaving him stranded.
While the empty capsule was being sent into space, the three astronauts had to take on the duties of those who were scheduled to travel with the capsule, delaying their return. While on the ISS, Rubio was involved in conducting several experiments, including a series of studies aimed at examining how space travel affects human physiology and psychology. "We spend every day here learning a little bit about how the human body works in space," Rubio said. "We continue to do research on the station that will help us as we go deeper into the solar system."
All the work he's had to do on the ISS and what to see, from spacewalks to microgravity experiments Nevertheless, the astronaut recently opened up about being in space for more than a year. "If you had asked me before the training, I probably would have said no, because you train for a year or two for the mission," Rubio said during a live press conference from the ISS. "It would have hurt, but I would have said no."