Yelena Kondakova

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Yelena Vladimirovna Kondakova
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RKA Cosmonaut
Nationality Russian[1]
Status Retired
Born (1957-03-30) March 30, 1957 (age 57)
Mytishchi, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Other occupation
Politician
Time in space
178d 10h 41m [1]
Selection 1989
Missions Soyuz TM-20,[1] Mir, STS-84[1]
Mission insignia
Sts-84-patch.png Soyuz TM-20 patch.png
Awards Hero of the Russian Federation medal.png

Yelena Vladimirovna Kondakova (Russian: Елена Владимировна Кондакóва; born March 30, 1957) was the third Soviet/Russian female cosmonaut to travel to space and the first woman to make a long-duration spaceflight.[2] Her first trip into space was on Soyuz TM-20 on October 4, 1994. She returned to Earth on March 22, 1995 after a five-month stay at the Mir space station. Kondakova's second flight was as a mission specialist on the United States Space Shuttle Atlantis during mission STS-84 in May 1997. Since then no other Russian woman has flown to space.[3]

Kondakova was born in Mytishchi in the Moscow Region of Russia and is married to fellow cosmonaut Valeri Ryumin. She was selected as a cosmonaut candidate in 1989.

Since 1999, Kondakova has served as a deputy in the Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament.[4]

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