At the age of 80, the Russian cosmonaut Valery Polyakov, who holds the record for the length of a person’s stay in space, died.
The Russian space agency Roskosmos informed about it today. Poljakov went into space twice, during his mission in 1994 and 1995 he spent a continuous 437 days there, thus creating an unbeaten record.
“Roskosmos regretfully announces the death of the Hero of the Soviet Union, Hero of Russia, Pilot-cosmonaut of the USSR, holder of the world record for the longest flight into space (437 days) Valery Polyakov,” the statement reads. “He lived and worked on the Mir orbital station for 437 days, which is an absolute record for the length of stay in space during one flight,” added Roskosmos.
Poles undertook two space missions. He spent a total of 678 days in Earth’s orbit. The trained doctor first went into space at the end of August 1988, when he stayed aboard the Mir space station until April 1989. Less than five years later, he headed there again, returning after 437 days.
During the expedition, he devoted himself to an extensive program of monitoring the state of health of himself and his fellow crew members. According to Roskomos, his research has helped to prove that the human body is ready to travel not only to Earth’s orbit, but also deeper into space.
Source: Pravda – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.
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