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1 The Soviet Union and Russia, its successor, kept a continuous manned presence in space from the launch of Soyuz TM-8 on 5 September 1989 to the landing of Soyuz TM-29 on 28 August 1999, a span of about 3,644 days, or about eight days short of 10 years. The Soviet Union and Russia launched 22 manned Soyuz spacecraft during the time span, all of which docked with the orbiting Mir space station. The United States additionally docked the space shuttles Atlantis, Endeavour and Discovery with Mir nine times between 1995 and 1998, dropping off and/or picking up passengers eight times. 36822
2 Apollo 13 crew; Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, John Swigert while passing over the far side of the moon at an altitude of from the lunar surface, were from Earth. This record breaking distance was reached at 0:21 UTC on 15 April 1970. 5419
3 John Glenn at age 77, 29 October 1998 on STS-95. 2360
4 Laika was a Soviet female canine launched on 3 November 1957 on Sputnik 2. She was never expected to return and died several hours into flight. 1930
5 Sunita Williams holds the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman at 195 days </ref> </ref> set on the International Space Station Expedition 15 in 2007. She landed with STS-117, 22 June 2007. 1182
6 Woman - Valentina Tereshkova born 6 March 1937, on Vostok 6 in 1963. 1025
7 Franklin Chang-Diaz - USA 703
8 The Apollo 10 crew; Thomas Stafford, John W. Young and Eugene Cernan achieved the highest speed relative to Earth ever attained by humans; 39,896 km/h (11.1 km/s, 24,790 mph, approx 0.0037 percent the speed of light). The record was set 26 May 1969 701
9 Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt of the Apollo 17 mission stayed for 74 hours 59 minutes 40 seconds (over 3 days) on the lunar surface after they landed on 11 December 1972. 652
10 John W. Young </ref> - USA 575
11 Story Musgrave - USA 225
12 Gherman Titov, aged 25 years, on Vostok 2 on 6 August 1961. 195
13 Valeri Polyakov, launched 29 August 1988 (Soyuz TM-6), stayed at Mir for 240.9 days, returned on 27 April 1989. 183
14 Gemini 11 crew Charles Conrad, Jr and Richard F. Gordon, Jr. fired their Agena Target Vehicle rocket engine on 14 September 1966, at 40 hours 30 minutes after liftoff and achieved an apogee of . 148
15 Michael Foale - Britain/USA* 125
16 Ronald Evans of Apollo 17 mission stayed in lunar orbit for 6 days and 4 hours (148 hours). 120
17 Woman - Peggy Whitson has spent 376 days, 17 hours and 22 minutes in space over the span of two spaceflights to the International Space Station. </ref> 116
18 Michael Lopez-Alegria and Mikhail Tyurin launched 18 September 2006 (Soyuz TMA-9), stayed at ISS for 215.4 days, returned on 21 April 2007. This flight is also the longest of any American. 100
19 Talgat Musabayev and Nikolai Budarin, launched 29 January 1998 (Soyuz TM-27), stayed at Mir for 207.5 days, returned on 25 August 1998. 98
20 Jerry L. Ross - USA 89
21 Sergei Avdeyev, launched 13 August 1998 (Soyuz TM-28), stayed at Mir for 379.6 days, returned on 28 August 1999. 80
22 Gennady Padalka, launched 13 August 1998 (Soyuz TM-28), stayed at Mir for 198.7 days, returned on 28 February 1999. 57
23 Curtis Brown - USA 43
24 Vladimir Titov and Musa Manarov, launched 21 December 1987 (Soyuz TM-4), stayed at Mir for 364.9 days, returned on 21 December 1988. 42
25 Man - Georgy Beregovoy born 15 April 1921, on Soyuz 3 in 1968. 42
26 Valery Bykovsky flew for 4 days and 23 hours solo in Vostok 5, 14–19 June 1963. The flight set a space endurance record which was broken in 1965 by the Gemini 7 crew 40
27 Man - Anatoly Solovyev, 16 spacewalks for total of 77 hours, 41 minutes (which is also the duration record). 38
28 Yuri Romanenko, launched 5 February 1987 (Soyuz TM-2), stayed at Mir for 326.5 days, returned on 29 December 1987. 31
29 James D. Wetherbee 17
30 James Wetherbee - USA 5
31 Man - Sergei Krikalev has spent 803 days, 9 hours and 39 minutes, or 2.2 years in space over the span of six spaceflights on Soyuz, the Space Shuttle, Mir, and International Space Station. </ref> < 5
32 Nancy Currie < 5

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