In just a few days, former NASA astronaut Terry Virts will set out on a journey around the world which will become the fastest in history, beating the previous record by at least 23 minutes. The event will be launched on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, which is why it will start at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, which is where this historic mission had begun.
The entire flight is set to take approximately 48 hours. In order to achieve this goal, the average speed will have to reach 900 km/h. The Gulfstream G650ER plane was selected for the trip - this is not the fastest plane in the world, however high-speed planes are either unsuitable for long flights or cannot fit a team of four veterans.
Virts will make several stops during the trip: in Kazakhstan (where the team will invite Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka on board), Mauritius and Chile. Each stop will last for a maximum of 45 minutes.