Recorder: NASA’s astronaut has been in space for 289 consecutive days

Recorder: NASA’s astronaut has been in space for 289 consecutive days

Kristina Kouk broke another record in October by performing the first exclusively female spacewalk outside the ISS with astronaut Jessica Meir.

US astronaut Kristina Kouk became the astronaut who has been in space for the longest time, 289 days, on Saturday, NASA said. Arriving at the International Space Station (ISS) on March 15, she surpassed the 288-day record set by Peggy Whitson. NASA congratulated Kouk in a tweet that “reached new highs.”

“It’s a wonderful thing for science,” Kouk told CNN’s ISS network. “We see another aspect of how the human body is affected by microgravity for the long term, and that is truly important for our future space flight plan for the moon and Mars,” she added.

By the time it returns to Earth in February, it will spend 328 days in space, just 12 days less than the record of retired astronaut Scott Kelly, set in 2016. Most missions on the ISS took about six months. Kouk broke another record in October by performing the first exclusively female spacewalk outside the ISS with astronaut Jessica Meir.

While on a two-decade-old international station, Kouk participates in scientific exploration, station maintenance, outreach, and space walks, NASA reports on its website.

Coal remains the main source of energy in Southeast Asia, where strong economic development creates a great need for energy, but at the cost of environmental pollution. The coastal areas of Southeast Asia are already affected by major floods and sea overflows due to climate change. Coal demand will remain stable over the next four years, driven by Asian demand, despite general concerns about the climate crisis, the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced.

Coal remains the main source of energy in Southeast Asia, where strong economic development creates a great need for energy, but at the cost of environmental pollution. The coastal areas of Southeast Asia are already affected by major floods and sea overflows due to climate change.

“Global demand for coal has recovered since 2017. Although it is likely to decline in 2019, we expect it to remain broadly stable through 2024,” the Paris-based agency said in a statement.

Coal is the most important fuel in electricity generation and causes more than 40 percent of carbon dioxide emissions in energy production. It is also important in the production of steel and cement. Europe and the United States are becoming less dependent on coal, but its use is growing in Asia, and especially in the world’s largest coal producers and users, India and China.

“Coal power plants in Asia are young, running an average of 12 years, and could work for decades,” said IEA Executive Director Feith Birol.

He said it would be necessary to develop technologies such as CCUS projects that would prevent its release into the atmosphere. There are currently several CCUS projects.

“Acceptance of CCUS at many young power plants in Asia is essential for the world to be on track to achieve international goals on climate, air quality and access to energy,” Birol said.

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