Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

July 06, 2004

Andrian Nikolayev, 74, a Russian cosmonaut whose 1962 flight into space set an endurance record at the time, died Saturday after a heart attack in the city of Cheboksary, the Interfax news agency reported.

Mr. Nikolayev became Russia's third cosmonaut to travel into space when he and Pavel Popovich were launched in separate crafts in August 1962. The pair made the first simultaneous flights, and Mr. Nikolayev set a separate endurance record, circling Earth 64 times in 96 hours.

He returned to space in 1970 for his second and final mission onboard the Soyuz 9 craft. Altogether, he spent more than 200 hours in space, according to Russian media reports.

Twice named a Hero of the Soviet Union, Mr. Nikolayev was a key member of the Soviet cosmonaut corps, which included Yuri Gagarin, the first man to fly into space in 1961.

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