No Dutchman ever stayed so long in space as astronaut André Kuipers. On New Year’s Day it has been 11 days ago since Kuipers launched to the International Space Station. This broke the record he had established in his previous space mission in 2004.
Kuipers stayed 10 days, 20 hours, 52 minutes and 15 seconds in space during his last journey. That milestone he broke slightly after Sunday 11 hours Dutch time.
Kuipers will stay this time five months in space. He will returns to earth on May 16. Kuipers is the third astronaut from the Netherlands. Dr. Ockels and Louis van den Berg had been one week in space in 1985.
The first days in space were mainly dedicated to get used to, explore and enjoy the view, said Kuipers.
Watch the special New Year’s message from the Expedition 30 crew members aboard the International Space Station.