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Valeri Viktorovich


Personal data

Birthdate:  16.08.1939
Birthplace:  Komsomolsk-na-Amurye / Khabarovsk Kray / Russian SFSR
Marital status:  married
Children:  three
Selection date:  27.03.1973
Selection group:  TsKBEM-3
Position:  Test Cosmonaut (TC)
Status:  Ret. 02.06.1998


No. Mission Position Time Duration
1  Soyuz 25  Flight Engineer  09.10. - 11.10.1977 2d 00h 44m 
2  Soyuz 32  Flight Engineer  25.02. - 19.08.1979 175d 00h 35m 
3  Soyuz 35 / Soyuz 37  Flight Engineer  09.04. - 11.10.1980 184d 20h 11m 
4  STS-91  MSP  02.06. - 12.06.1998 9d 19h 54m 
Total  371d 17h 24m 

Backup assignments

No. Mission Position
1  Soyuz 29  Flight Engineer

Additional information

Graduated from Kaliningrad Mechanical Engineering Technical College, 1958; graduated from the Department of Electronics and Computing Technology of the Moscow Forestry Engineering Institute (especially in Spacecraft Control Systems), 1966; candidate of technical sciences degree, 1980; was selected as cosmonaut on 27.03.1973 (TsKBEM-3); Deputy Director, NPOE; from 1981 to 1989 he was flight director for the Salyut 7 space station and the MIR space station; divorced and subsequently remarried to cosmonaut Yelena Kondakova; retired on 28.10.1987; hobbies: Tennis, hunting, angling, walking trough forests, travel; reactivated for the STS-91 mission; in 1998 he became director of the Russian part within the MKS program.


Last update on July 06, 2009.