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Man-In-Space Firsts:
The Long And Short Of It

Shortest stay in space: Alan Shepard flew 15 minutes 22 seconds in May 1961, just 15 seconds less than Gus Grissom's 15 minutes 37 seconds in July 1961.

First beyond 24 hours in space: Cosmonaut Gherman Titov spent 25 hours 18 minutes in 16 trips around the globe in August 1961.

Longest solo flight: Valeri Bykovsky was launched June 14, 1963, in Vostok 5. He stayed in space four days -- 119 hours 6 minutes -- making 81 revolutions around Earth.

Longest stay in space: Vladimir Titov and Musa Manarov spent 366 days in space from December 21, 1987, to December 21, 1988, manning the Mir space station.

Russian Cosmonaut Space Endurance Records
As of 08/25/98
Valery Polyakov6792
Anatoly Solovyev6525
Musa Manarov5412
Alexander Viktorenko4894
Sergei Krikalev4723
Yuri Romanenko4303
Alexander Volkovv3923
Vladimir Titov3874
Vasily Tsibliev3832
Yuri Usachev3762
Leonid Kizim3753
Alexander Serebrov3744
Valery Ryumin3724
Sergei Avdeyev3682
Vladimir Solovyev3622
Victor Afanasyev3572
Alexander Kaleri3432
Talgat Musabayev3342
Vladimir Lyakhov3333

Longest American stay at U.S. space station: Astronauts Gerald Carr, Edward Gibson and William Pogue were launched November 16, 1973, to the Skylab space station where they spent 84 days.

Longest American stay at Russian space station: U.S. female astronaut Shannon Lucid in 1996 set a U.S. time-in-space endurance record aboard the Russian Mir space station -- 188 consecutive days in orbit.

NASA Astronauts Visits To Mir Space Station
Norm Thagard03/14/9507/07/95115.4
Shannon Lucid03/22/9609/26/96188.2
John Blaha09/16/9601/22/97128.2
Jerry Linenger01/12/9705/24/97132.2
Mike Foale05/15/9710/06/97144.6
David Wolf09/26/9701/31/98127.8
Andrew Thomas01/22/9806/12/98140.6
Total U.S. astronaut time aboard Mir977

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