Biographies of USSR / Russian Cosmonauts

Rafikov

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Mars Zakirovich

USSR

Personal data

Birthdate:  29.09.1933
Birthplace:  Begabad / Jalal-Abad Oblast / Kirghiz SSR
Marital status:  married
Children:  three
Selection date:  28.04.1960
Selection group:  TsPK-1
Position:  Test Cosmonaut (TC)
Status:  Ret. 24.03.1962
Date of death:  23.07.2000
Place of death:  Alma-Ata / Kazakhstan

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Additional information

Major, Soviet Air Force, test pilot; graduated from Higher Air Force School, Syzran, now Samara; was selected as cosmonaut on 28.04.1960 (TsPK-1); OKP (cosmonaut basic training): 4/60 - 1961; was discharged of disciplinary reasons; served as pilot during the Afghanistan war; later he was instructor pilot in DOSAAF program.

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