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Aleksandr Pavlovich Aleksandrov
Born 20 February 1943(1943-02-20) (age 79)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Nationality Soviet
Occupation Flight engineer
Awards Hero of the Soviet Union Hero of the Soviet Union Order of Lenin Order of Lenin

Aleksandr Pavlovich Aleksandrov (Russian: Александр Павлович Александров), born February 20, 1943[1]) is a former Soviet cosmonaut and twice Hero of the Soviet Union (November 23, 1983 and December 29, 1987).


Born in Moscow, Russia, he graduated from Moscow Bauman-Highschool in 1969 with a doctorate degree, specialised on spacecraft steering systems.[2]

He was selected as cosmonaut on December 1, 1978.[1] For his first spaceflight, he flew as Flight Engineer on Soyuz T-9, which lasted from June to November 1983. For his second spaceflight, he replaced one of the long-duration crew members of Mir EO-2. For the spaceflight, he was launched with the spacecraft Soyuz TM-3 in July 1987, and landed with the same spacecraft in December 1987. All together he spent 309 days, 18 hours, 2 minutes in space.[1] He served as backup for Soyuz T-8, Soyuz T-13, and Soyuz T-15.[1]

He resigned from the cosmonaut team on October 26, 1993, when he became chief of NPOE Cosmonaut-group; since 1996 he is Chief flight test directorate of RKKE. He is married with two children.[1]

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