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Record-breaking cosmonaut dies

At 80 years old, Valery Polyakov (Russian cosmonaut) has passed away.

Between January 1994 and March 1995, Polyakov spent 437 consecutive days on the Mir space station.

Before returning to Earth, he orbited it more than 7,000 times.

Polyakov was a doctor and wanted to prove that the human body can withstand extended periods of time in space.

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Polyakov refused to be taken out of the Soyuz capsule upon landing. This is a common practice in order to adjust to the pull of gravitation.

Instead, he was lifted from the capsule and made his way to a nearby vehicle for transport.

He had spent previously eight months in space, on a mission that ran from August 1988 to April 1989.

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Polyakov was awarded many medals and awards for his services to the Soviet and Russian satellite programs, including the Hero of the Soviet Union title and Hero of the Russian Federation title, and the Order of Lenin.

Russian space agency announced his death on Monday.

According to The Moscow Times, Roscosmos stated in a statement that “His research has helped to prove that the human body can travel not only to Earth’s orbit but also into deep space.”

It didn’t state the cause of death.

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