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Krikalev Approaches Time-in-Space Record



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Krikalev Approaches Time-in-Space Record

    08.15.05

Expedition 11 Commander Sergei Krikalev will become the human with the 
most cumulative time in space early Aug. 16. At 1:44 a.m. EDT (0544 
UTC)   he will pass the record of 748 days held by Sergei Avdeyev.


Krikalev spent his more than two years in space beginning in November 
1988 with the start of his first long-duration flight to the Soviet 
space station Mir. Krikalev did back-to-back increments on his next Mir 
flight starting in May 1991 and returning to Earth in March 1992. While 
he was in orbit, the Soviet Union disintegrated and Mir became a Russian 
space station.

He became the first Russian to fly a Shuttle mission on STS-60 in 
February 1994. His second Shuttle flight took the Unity node to the 
International Space Station on STS-88 in December 1998. He was a member 
of the Station's Expedition 1 crew, launching in October 2000 and 
returning to Earth in March 2001. He launched as commander of Expedition 
11 last April 14.
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