Russian space agency stated on Monday that Valery Polyakov, the Soviet cosmonaut who established the record for the longest single space mission, has passed away at the age of 80. A two-day flight to the Soviet space station Mir was launched by Polyakov and two other astronauts on January 8, 1994, marking the start of his record-breaking 437 days in orbit. Before landing on March 22, 1995, he completed more than 7,000 Earth orbits while aboard Mir.
In a previous mission in 1988–1989, Polyakov spent 288 days in space. The reason of death was not disclosed in Roscosmos’ notification.
(source : AP)