Biographies of USSR / Russian Cosmonauts

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Yuri Alekseyevich

USSR

Personal data

Birthdate:  09.03.1934
Birthplace:  Klushino / Smolensk Oblast / Russian SFSR
Marital status:  married
Children:  two
Selection date:  07.03.1960
Selection group:  TsPK-1
Position:  Test Cosmonaut (TC)
Status:  Deceased 27.03.1968
Date of death  27.03.1968
Place of death:  Novoselovo / Vladimir Oblast / Russian SFSR

Spaceflights

No. Mission Position Time Duration
1  Vostok 1  Pilot Cosmonaut  12.04.1961 1h 46m 
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Total  1h 46m 
           

Double assignments

No. Mission Position
1  Soyuz 1  Commander

Additional information

Graduated from Air Force Military Academy, 1968; Colonel, Soviet Air Force; was selected on 07.03.1960 as cosmonaut (TsPK-1); OKP (cosmonaut basic training): 3/60 - 18.01.1961; on April 12, 1961 Yuri Gagarin became the first man orbiting the earth; from May 1961 - December 1963 Chief cosmonaut; from December 1963 - March 1968 Deputy Director TsPK; was assigned as double for Soyuz 1; died in an airplane crash.

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