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Aleksandr Panayotov Aleksandrov
Aleksandrov on 23 June 2013.
Born December 1, 1951(1951-12-01) (age 71)
Place of birth Omurtag, Targovishte Oblast, Bulgaria
Rank Lieutenant colonel, Bulgarian Air Force
Awards Hero of the Soviet Union Leninorder.svg

Aleksandr Panayotov Aleksandrov (Bulgarian language: Александър Панайотов Александров ) (born December 1, 1951) is a retired Bulgarian cosmonaut. He is the second Bulgarian to have flown to space, behind Georgi Ivanov.[1][2]


Aleksandrov was born in Omurtag, Bulgaria on December 1, 1951. He graduated from the Bulgarian Air Force Academy in 1974 and obtained a degree in technical sciences in 1983. In the Bulgarian Air Force, Aleksandrov rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel.[2]

Aleksandrov was selected as a Research Cosmonaut on March 1, 1978, as part of the Soviet Union's Intercosmos program. The selection featured six semifinalists, including the parachute jump record holder, Chavdar Djurov, who was killed during the selection process.[3] Aleksandrov was selected as backup to Georgi Ivanov on the Soyuz 33 mission to the Salyut 6 space station. Subsequently, Aleksandrov was assigned to the prime crew of the Soyuz TM-5 mission to the Mir space station.[1][2]

Aleksandrov's space suit

On June 7, 1988, Aleksandrov launched aboard TM-5 as a Research Cosmonaut along with mission commander Anatoly Solovyev and Viktor Savinykh. Upon arriving at Mir, Aleksandrov became the first Bulgarian to reach a Soviet space station, as the Soyuz 33 mission carrying Georgi Ivanov failed to reach the Salyut 6 space station. On June 17, Aleksandrov returned aboard Soyuz TM-4 along with his fellow crew members. He, along with his crew-mates, spent just under 10 days in space.[4]

Aleksandrov later became Deputy Director of the Institute of Space Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.[2]

Currently Aleksandrov works as a research scientist. He is married and has one child.[2]

Honours and awards

See also

  • Bulgarian astronaut program


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Aleksandr Panayatov "Sasha" Aleksandrov". Spacefacts. Retrieved 23 November 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Aleksandrov, Aleksandr". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on January 5, 2009. Retrieved 23 November 2010. 
  3. "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}" (in Russian). Космическая Энциклопедия. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  4. "Mir EP-2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on July 4, 2008. Retrieved 23 November 2010. 

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