Hawke's Bay Today

Round-the-world record


A former astronaut is back at Nasa’s Kennedy Space Center after helping to shatter a pair of records for a round-the-world aeroplane flight over the North and South poles. Terry Virts was part of the team whose 46h 39m 38s polar circumnavi­gation flight ended yesterday. They set the duration and speed records in a Qatar Executive Gulfstream G650ER aircraft. Their average speed was 861km/h. Virts’ former space station crewmate, Russian Gennady Padalka, was on the first two legs of the flight.

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