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I Need More Space

Cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin’s long road to the stars

Fyodor Yurchikhin always wanted to become a cosmonaut. As a senior engineer in Russia’s space programme, he wasn’t satisfied playing a supporting role. After 11 years of trying, Fyodor was accepted as a cosmonaut candidate at the ripe old age of 38. Five missions and 672 days in space later, his family still worries when he’s away ‘at work.’ But 59-year-old Yuri’s not so sure he’s had enough.