Thomas Reiter of Germany, the first European Space Agency astronaut to join a long-duration expedition on the International Space Station, has set a new European space-endurance record. On Aug. 4, the 30 days he had spent on the ISS, plus the time he spent in 1995-96 on Russia's Mir space station, pushed Reiter over the record 209 days, 12 hours, 25 minutes held by Jean-Pierre Haignere, also of ESA. He already holds the distinction of being the first ESA astronaut to conduct an ...

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