Today, Monday, the Russian Space Agency announced the death of Soviet cosmonaut Valery Polyakov, who set a record for the longest single stay in space, at the age of 80.
Polyakov’s record of 437 days in space began on January 8, 1994, when he and two others set off on a two-day journey to the Soviet space station Mir. While aboard Mir, it circled the Earth more than 7,000 times, before returning on March 22, 1995.
when landing, Polyakov refused to be moved from the Soyuz capsule, as is customary to allow readjustment to the force of gravity. He was helped up by himself and walked to a nearby van. Polyakov had trained as a doctor and wanted to prove that human body It can withstand long periods in space.
Polyakov had previously spent 288 days in outer space On assignment in 1988-89.
Announcement space agency Roscosmos did not state the cause of death.
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