Russian astronaut poised to set record

KOROLYOV, Russia, April 17 (UPI) -- A Russian spacecraft has brought the replacement crew to the International Space Station, including an astronaut set to claim the record for most time in space.

Sergei Krikalev of Russia and American John Phillips are scheduled to spend the next 175 days at the space station, the BBC reported. By the end of that time, Krikalev will have been in space for a total of 800 days.


The Russian Soyuz has been carrying out the task of shuttling astronauts to and from the space station since the Columbia disaster in 2003. NASA expects to resume space shuttle flights next month.

Russian Salizhan Sharipov and Leroy Chiao of the United States have been on the space station since October. If all goes well, they can expect to be home in about 10 days.

Italian Roberto Vittori makes the round trip on the Soyuz.

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