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Andrian Nikolayev

Andrian Grigoryevich Nikolayev (Андриян Григорьевич Николаев) born September 5, 1929 (Shorshely[?]) was a Soviet Cosmonaut who flew on two space flights, Vostok 3 and Soyuz 9. On both, he set new endurance records for the longest time a human being had remained in orbit. He also served as backup for the Vostok 2 and Soyuz 8 missions. He left the cosmonaut corps on January 26, 1982.

On November 3, 1963 he married Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to fly in space (see Vostok 6). They had one daughter, Elena Andrionova (now a doctor of medicine), before their marriage collapsed. However it took till 1982 until they were divorced.



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