Salvadoran-Origin Astronaut Frank Rubio Breaks Space Endurance Record.

An historic achievement. Astronaut Frank Rubio, of Salvadoran descent, has shattered the record for the longest consecutive stay in space, surpassing 355 days aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Rubio, an American astronaut, is set to mark an incredible milestone on Tuesday, September 12, as he completes 371 days in space, as confirmed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

President Nayib Bukele officially celebrated Rubio’s remarkable feat and shared the news with the nation. “Salvadoran Frank Rubio has just broken NASA’s record for the longest time in space, spending over 355 consecutive days on the International Space Station,” confirmed the President.

The previous longest stay on a NASA mission of this nature was 355 days, a record Rubio has now surpassed. Furthermore, on September 27, he will reach the extraordinary mark of 371 days, effectively spending more than a full calendar year in the unique conditions of microgravity on the ISS.

Shortly after Rubio commenced his assigned duties on the ISS, President Bukele had a phone conversation with him to express the immense pride he inspired in the country. “For a son of Salvadorans to reach space and achieve your other accomplishments – academic, scientific, and military – you are truly a source of pride for all Salvadorans,” President Bukele expressed on that occasion.

Rubio’s journey, along with that of his mother, is a testament to dedication, discipline, and faith in one’s abilities to overcome obstacles and pursue dreams. “It’s a great honor for me to represent our country and our people. I hope we can inspire the youth of El Salvador in the future,” Rubio commented.

Later, the son of Salvadoran parents expressed his gratitude to President Bukele: “I genuinely want to thank you for everything you have done for the people. The country has improved significantly in recent years.”

Frank Rubio, the Salvadoran-origin astronaut, embarked on his mission to the ISS on September 21, 2022. His remarkable achievement is a source of pride for both El Salvador and the entire world, showcasing the power of determination and human potential in the pursuit of the stars.