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Valery Polyakov, made longest one-way trip to space, dies

Valery Polyakov, the Soviet cosmonaut who set the record for longest single stay in space, has died at the age of 80, the Russian space agency announced Monday.

Valery Polyakov, the Soviet cosmonaut who set the record for longest single stay in space, has died at the age of 80, the Russian space agency announced Monday.

Polyakov’s record of 437 days in space began on January 8, 1994, when he and two others took off for a two-day flight to the Soviet Mir space station.

Aboard the Mir, it orbited the Earth more than 7,000 times before returning on March 22, 1995.

Upon landing, Polyakov refused to be carried out of the Soyuz capsule, as is customary to readjust to gravity.

He was helped to climb out himself and walked to a nearby transport vehicle. Polyakov was trained as a doctor and wanted to demonstrate that the human body can withstand extended periods in space.

Polyakov had previously spent 288 days in space on a mission in 1988-89.

The announcement by space agency Roscosmos did not mention a cause of death.

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