Russian Valery Polyakov, who holds record for longest space mission, dead at 80 | CBC News

Valery Polyakov, the Russian cosmonaut who set the document for the longest single keep in area, has died at age 80, Russia’s area company introduced Monday.

Polyakov’s document of 437 days in area started on Jan. 8, 1994, when he and two others blasted off on a two-day flight to the Mir area station Mir, operated by the Soviet Union and later by Russia. Whereas aboard Mir, he orbited the Earth greater than 7,000 instances, earlier than returning on March 22, 1995.

Upon touchdown, Polyakov declined to be carried out of the Soyuz capsule, as is frequent follow to permit readjustment to the pull of gravity. He was helped to climb out however was capable of stroll to a close-by chair after which a transport car.

Polyakov had skilled as a doctor and needed to show that the human physique may endure prolonged durations in area.

Polyakov beforehand had spent 288 days in area on a mission in 1988 and 1989.

The announcement by area company Roscosmos didn’t state a explanation for demise.

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