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Vladimir Aleksandrovich Shatalov (born 1927), Soviet cosmonaut, pilot and officer, in his military uniform and medals. Shatalov commanded three Soviet missions into space: Soyuz 4 (January 1969), Soyuz 8 (October 1969), and Soyuz 10 (April 1971). He then served as Commander of Cosmonaut Training from 1971 to 1987, and then Director of the Cosmonaut Training Centre from 1987 to 1991. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant General (two stars on shoulders) in the Soviet Air Force (wings badge at left). He was twice made Hero of the Soviet Union (star-shaped medals at right) following his first two spaceflights. Photographed in Moscow, Russia, in 1984.
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