Aleksei Aleksandrovich Gubarev
|Died||21 February 2015 (aged 83)|
|Awards||Hero of the Soviet Union (2)|
Order of Lenin (2)
|Rank||Major General, Soviet Naval Air Force|
Time in space
|37d 11h 36m|
|Selection||Air Force Group 2|
|Missions||Soyuz 17, Soyuz 28|
Gubarev graduated from the Soviet Naval Aviation School in 1952 and went on to serve with the Soviet Air Force. He undertook further studies at the Gagarin Air Force Academy before being accepted into the space programme.
He was originally trained for the Soviet lunar programme and for military Soyuz flights before training for Salyut missions. His next mission, in 1978, was Soyuz 28, the first Interkosmos flight, where he was accompanied by Vladimír Remek from Czechoslovakia.
In 1971, he became backup commander for the ill-fated Soyuz 11 mission, which killed the three-man crew when the craft depressurized in space.
He resigned as a cosmonaut in 1981 and took up an administrative position at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre.
In the 1980s he worked at the 30th Central Scientific Research Institute, Ministry of Defence (Russia).
Gubarev published a book, The Attraction of Weightlessness, in 1982.
Gubarev died at the age of 83 on 21 February 2015.
Honours and awards
- Twice Hero of the Soviet Union
- Pilot-Cosmonaut of the USSR
- Two Orders of Lenin
- Medal "For Merit in Space Exploration" (Russian Federation)
- Medal "For the Development of Virgin Lands"
- Hero of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic
- Order of Klement Gottwald (Czechoslovak Socialist Republic)
- Medal "For Strengthening Military Cooperation" (Czechoslovak Socialist Republic)
- Medal "For Sino-Soviet Friendship" (People's Republic of China)
- Medal "Brotherhood in Arms" (German Democratic Republic)
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