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On This Day In Space: June 6, 1995: Astronaut Norm Thagard breaks space endurance record

On June 6, 1995, American astronaut Norman Thagard broke NASA’s space endurance record at the time of 84 days, 1 hour and 16 minutes while aboard the Russian space station Mir.

Thagard, a veteran of four shuttle flights, was considered the first American cosmonaut and the first American to ride to space aboard a Russian vehicle.

Astronaut Norman E. Thagard floats in the Space Shuttle Atlantis holding the flight suit he wore on Russia’s Mir Space Station during the Mir-18 mission in 1995. This photo was taken on July 7, 1995, the last day of his four-month mission. (Image credit: NASA)

He launched aboard a Soyuz TM-21 spacecraft to the Russian Mir-18 on March 18, 1995, and landed on NASA’s shuttle Atlantis on July 7th of that year. He ultimately spent 115 days in space on the flight.

The current single-mission space endurance record is held by Valery Polyakov at 437.7 days.

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