“Space exploration is incredibly expensive but important”: says astronaut Frank Rubio

Washington – In 2023, Frank Rubio became the American astronaut who has spent the longest time in space and the 371 days he spent in space International Space Station They allow him to underline the need for these types of missions: “Space exploration is incredibly expensive, but important”he stated this Tuesday.

Surrounded by his companions who were part of Expedition 69 – also Americans Stephen Bowen and Woody Hoburg and the Emirati Sultan Alneyadi– Rubio admitted from the headquarters of the US Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Washington that space represents a sacrifice both nationally and individually.

“But it is important because of the technology and science we are working on”The astronaut, 48 years old and of Salvadoran origin, said in an interview with EFE.

Its mission concluded in September of last year and, according to the US space agency, it gave researchers the opportunity to observe the effects of long-duration space flights on humans with an eye toward future trips to space. Moon.