Yelena Kondakova

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Yelena Vladimirovna Kondakova
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RKA Cosmonaut
Born (1957-03-30) March 30, 1957 (age 61)
Mytishchi, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Other occupation
Time in space
178d 10h 41m [1]
MissionsSoyuz TM-20,[1] Mir, STS-84[1]
Mission insignia
Sts-84-patch.png Soyuz TM-20 patch.png
AwardsЗолотая звезда Героя России.svg

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. She was the last Russian female in space until her successor cosmonaut Elena Serova flew to the International Space Station (ISS) on 25 September 2014.


Kondakova was born in Mytishchi in the Moscow Region of Russia and is married to fellow cosmonaut Valeri Ryumin. She attained her undergraduate degree in the field of mechanical engineering from Baumann Higher Technical School, where she specialized in production of aircraft.[3] She was selected as a cosmonaut candidate in 1989. Prior to that, she worked as an engineer for Energia (corporation).[4]

Since 1999, Kondakova has served as a deputy in the Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament.[5]


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  1. ^ a b c d Alexander B. Zheleznyakov (2001-05-03). "Kondakova". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Mark Wade.
  2. ^ "The Story Of Women In Space".
  3. ^ "The First Mixed-Gendered Cosmonaut Candidates". National Air and Space Museum. 2017-03-30. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  4. ^ Gregersen, Erik (2011-09-16). "Yelena Kondakova | Russian cosmonaut". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  5. ^ Becker, Joachim. "Cosmonaut Biography: Yelena Kondakova".
  6. ^ "Cosmonaut Bio: E. Kondakova 7/97".

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