Sergei Krikalev Flew Into Space A Soviet, And Returned A Russian

Sergei Krikalev was one member of the three-person crew on Expedition 1, the first long-duration stay on the International Space Station. The mission lasted for 136 days, from November 2000 to March 2001. On an earlier mission into orbit, Krikalev was floating in space when the Soviet Union dissolved in December of 1991. Krikalev is one of the cosmonauts that has spent the most time in space: a total of 804 days, nine hours and 39 minutes. The only cosmonaut to clock more time in orbit than Krikalev is Gennady Padalka, who has recorded 879 days in space. He retired from spaceflight in 2007.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Sergei Krikalev was one of the members of Expedition 1, which was the first long-duration stay on the International Space Station, in 2001. 01:51

  2. The ISS was not fully assembled when Sergei Krikalev was aboard for Expedition 1. 07:28

  3. Sergei Krikalev believes the first satellite sent into space, the first extravehicular activity, and the first flight to the moon were some of the most important moments in space exploration history. 13:16

Written by Curiosity Staff October 22, 2015

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