The longest time in space – level 2

09-02-2024 07:00

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko recently broke the record for the longest time spent in space, and he surpassed another Russian Gennady Padalka.

Kononenko achieved this aboard the International Space Station (ISS). He spoke about the physical troubles during space travel and the impact which it had on his family life. Thanks to modern technologies, he could communicate with loved ones back on Earth, but he still regrets missing out on important moments with family during his extended missions.

While Russia’s space program is facing difficulties, Kononenko is still committed to his job.

Difficult words: surpass (to be faster, better, or bigger than something or somebody else), extended (long), committed (willing to give time and energy into something).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What were some of the challenges that Kononenko faced during his extended missions in space and how did he cope with them?


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