Russian cosmonaut Valeri Poliakov landed back on Earth aboard the Soyuz TM20, on 22 March, after a record-breaking flight of 437 days 17h. He was launched on the Soyuz TM18 on 8 January 1994, and has now amassed 678 days 16h space experience on two flights. Also aboard the TM20 was Alexander Viktorenko (the third-most experienced traveler, with 489 days 1h experience) and his flight engineer, Yelena Kondakova, who had traveled for 169 days 5h on the TM20 mission, by far the longest flight undertaken by a woman.

Source: Flight International