The cosmonaut with the longest record in space, Valery Polyakov, has died

The cosmonaut with the longest record in space, Valery Polyakov, has died

MOSCOW: The astronaut who held the record for the longest stay in space in a single visit has died at the age of 80, the Russian space agency announced on Monday.

Valery Vladimirovich Polyakov has logged 437 days in space since January 8, 1994, when he and two other astronauts joined the two-day trip to the Soviet space station, Mir.

The AP reports that while on Mir, Polyakov orbited the Earth more than 7,000 times, before finally returning home on March 22, 1995.

Upon landing, Polyakov refused help to be carried out of the Soyuz capsule to be taken to a prepared vehicle. Normally, astronauts need to be lifted and carried by a team of staff so that their bodies can get used to the pull of gravity again.

On the other hand, Polyakov was only helped a little when he wanted to get out of the capsule. Next, he himself walked to a special vehicle that was waiting for him. Polyakov, who was trained as a medical officer, wanted to show the public that the human body can survive long periods in space.

The astronaut had previously participated in a mission in space for 288 days in 1988-1989.

In total, he spent 22 months in space during his lifetime.

The announcement by the space agency Roscosmos however did not specify the cause of his death.

source – Agency

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