SUMMARY: NASA astronaut Michael Foale beat the current US record for endurance in space today when he surpassed 230 cumulative days - a record set by Carl Walz back in June 2002. Foale has been a member of six space shuttle crews and two space station crews. One of his longest times in orbit was when he served as a flight engineer aboard the Mir space station in 1997. Russian cosmonaut Sergei Avdeyev holds the record with 748 cumulative days in space, and Valery Polyakov's 438-day mission was the most consecutive days in space. Foale has some catching up to do.
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