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11 Most Famous Sergei Krikalev Quotes – The Man Who Got Stuck in Space
“I don’t think it was really isolation because we were talking to the ground almost every orbit. We were pretty busy, so I actually didn’t feel isolated. And of course, we had a pretty nice view of Earth.”Sergei Krikalev
Sergei Krivalev Short Biography
Born on 27 August 1958 in Leningrad, in the Soviet Union (now St. Petersburg, Russia), Sergei Konstantinovich Krikalev (Russian: Серге́й Константинович Крикалёв, also transliterated as Sergei Krikalyov) is known as the Last Soviet Citizen.
He remained in space for two times longer than originally planned, spending a total of 311 days in space. He returned to Earth on March 25, 1992 after being replaced by German astronaut Klaus-Dietrich Flade, and is sometimes referred to as the “last Soviet citizen”.
In the spring of 1991, Krivalev, together with Anatoly Artsebarsky, followed the footsteps of Yuri Gagarin and his historic flight three decades prior, even keeping Gagarin’s tradition by urinating at the right rear tire of the bus before proceeding to the launch pad.
Krikalev, along with Artsebarski and Britain’s first astronaut, Helen Sharman, blasted off into space towards the Soviet space station, Mir, not knowing that he wouldn’t be back to his planet for 312 days. In his stay at the space station, approximately 200 miles above Earth, he could only observe from there as his country crumbled due to an incredible political turmoil. He watched as the communist superpower, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, became the Russian Federation.
Krivalev’s country collapsed in December 1991 and yet he still remained in space, continuously orbiting around the Earth 16 times a day for a country that no longer existed.
Three months later, on March 25, 1992, Krivalev landed near the city of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan, weak, pale, and sweaty, but elated to have finally come home to Earth.
Here are the best Sergei Krivalev’s quotes so you can gain strength and inspiration through his unimaginable experience from being stuck in space.