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Valeri Fyodorovich Bykovsky


Valeri F. Bykovsky

Biographical Data

Born August 2, 1934, in Pavlovsky Posad, Russia



Graduated from middle school in 1951
Graduated from Kachinsk's Myasnikov High Aviation School in 1955

Military Career

Served in Soviet Air Force

Space Career

Accepted into cosmonaut unit in 1960

Reserve crew member for Vostok-3, August 1962
Commanded Vostok-5, June 14-16, 1963 (4 days 23 hours 6 minutes; set a record for space flight duration; still a record for space flight duration for a one-man mission)
Reserve commander for planned Soyuz-2 flight, which was cancelled after the failure of Soyuz-1
Commander of Soyuz-22, September 15-23, 1976 (7 days 21 hours 52 minutes 17 seconds)
Commander of Soyuz-31, August 26-September 3, 1978 (7 days 20 hours 49 minutes 4 seconds)
Reserve commander for Soyuz-37, July 1980

Left cosmonaut service in 1988

Spent a total of 20 days 17 hours 47 minutes 21 seconds in space

Post-Space Career

Director of House of Soviet Science and Culture in Berlin, 1989-1991

Awards and Recognitions

Hero of the Soviet Union (twice)
Hero of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Hero of the People's Republic of Bulgaria
Hero of the German Democratic Republic
Order of Lenin (three)
Order of Red Star
Order of Karl Marx (German Democratic Republic)
Order Krest Grunvald (Poland)
Order of Star (Indonesia)
Tsiolkovskiy Gold Medal (USSR Academy of Sciences)
Lavo Gold Medal

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