Valery Bykovsky, Russian cosmonaut

Valery Bykovsky, Russian cosmonaut

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Caption: Valery Fyodorovich Bykovsky (b.1934), Russian cosmonaut. Bykovsky was born at Pavlovski Possad in the Moscow district. Having qualified as a pilot in the Soviet Air Force, he was selected to train as a cosmonaut in 1960. He flew on three space missions. He was the sole occupant of Vostok 5 on 14-19 June 1963, which remains the longest solo space flight. He commanded the Soyuz 22 mission of 15-23 September 1976, during which he performed Earth observation duties with cosmonaut Vladimir Aksyonov. The Soyuz 31 mission saw Bykovsky and German cosmonaut Sigmund Jahn visit the Salyut 6 space station between 26 August and 3rd September 1978, taking supplies and experiments to the long-duration crew on board. Bykovsky retired in 1988. Photographed in 1980, while he was in the back-up crew for Soyuz 37.

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