Valeri Polyakov

Soviet and Russian cosmonaut, record holder for longest single stay in space (1942–2022) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Valeri Vladimirovich Polyakov (Russian: Валерий Владимирович Поляков, born Valeri Ivanovich Korshunov, Russian: Валерий Иванович Коршунов, 27 April 1942 – 7 September 2022) was a Soviet and Russian cosmonaut. He is the record holder for the longest single stay in space, staying aboard the Mir space station for more than 14 months (437 days 18 hours) during one trip.[1] His combined space experience was more than 22 months.[2]

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Valeri Polyakov
Valeri Vladimirovich Polyakov

(1942-04-27)27 April 1942
Died7 September 2022(2022-09-07) (aged 80)
AwardsSee below
Space career
Roscosmos cosmonaut
Time in space
678d 16h 32m
SelectionMedical Group 3
MissionsMir EO-3 / Mir EO-4 (Soyuz TM-6 / Soyuz TM-7), Mir EO-15 / Mir EO-16 / Mir EO-17 (Soyuz TM-18 / Soyuz TM-20)
Mission insignia

Selected as a cosmonaut in 1972, Polyakov made his first flight into space aboard Soyuz TM-6 in 1988. He returned to Earth 240 days later aboard TM-7. Polyakov completed his second flight into space in 1994–1995, spending 437 days in space between launching on Soyuz TM-18 and landing with TM-20, setting the record for the longest time continuously spent in space by an individual.[2]