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Yuri Malenchenko
Happy Birthday, Yuri!

December 22

1961 - Birthday, Yuri Malenchenko, Russian cosmonaut born in Khrushchev, Kirovohrad Oblast, Ukrainian SSR. Time in space 641 days, 11 hours, 11 minutes. EVA time: 30 hours, 7 minutes. Missions: Soyuz TM-19, Mir EO-16, STS-106, Soyuz TMA-2, Expedition 7, Soyuz TMA-11, Expedition 16, Soyuz TMA-05M, Expedition 32, Expedition 33. On August 10, 2003 he became the first person to marry in space, his wife was in Texas.

1891 - Asteroid 323 Brucia becomes the first asteroid discovered using photography.

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