Biographies of USSR / Russian Cosmonauts


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Vitali Ivanovich


Personal data

Birthdate:  08.07.1935
Birthplace:  Krasnouralsk / Sverdlovsk Oblast / Russian SFSR
Marital status:  married
Children:  one
Selection date:  27.05.1968
Selection group:  Mishin-Group / TsKBEM-1
Position:  Test Cosmonaut (TC)
Status:  Ret. 30.12.1993
Date of death:  05.04.2010
Place of death:  Moscow / Russian Federation


No. Mission Position Time Duration
1  Soyuz 9  Flight Engineer  01.06. - 19.06.1970 17d 16h 58m 
2  Soyuz 18  Flight Engineer  24.05. - 26.07.1975 62d 23h 20m 
Total  80d 16h 18m 

Backup assignments

No. Mission Position
1  Soyuz 8  Flight Engineer
2  Soyuz 11  Flight Engineer
3  Soyuz 12  Flight Engineer
4  Soyuz 17  Flight Engineer

Additional information

Graduated from Moscow Aviation Institute, 1959; Candidate of technical sciences degree, 1964; aeronautical engineer at Korolyov Design bureau; was involved in development of Vostok spacecrafts; he was selected as cosmonaut on 27.05.1968 (TsKBEM-1); trained for the Soviet lunar landing program and later for a Buran-flight; at time President of Soviet Chess Federation; in 1993 elected as a member of the Russian Parliament, The Duma (in December 2007 not re-elected); died after a prolonged serious illness.


Last update on April 14, 2010.