An astronaut from Japan has broken the Guinness World Record for the longest time between two spacewalks.



Soichi Noguchi, a spaceman from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, embarked on his latest spacewalk last month as part of the ISS Expedition 64, 15 years and 214 days on from the last time he had done so in August 2005.

Noguchi's gap between spacewalks broke a record that had previously been held by the Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev.

He told Guinness officials: "I feel very honoured and humbled to beat the record set by legendary cosmonaut, Sergei Krikalev."

Noguchi received a digital version of his world record certificate on the International Space Station, a method of delivery he described as "very cool and creative".

Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief at Guinness World Records, said: "It's always a thrill to speak with astronauts and I've had the pleasure of presenting certificates to a number of record-breakers over the years. But I've never had the chance to present to an astronaut currently working in orbit."