December 5, 2022

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)

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