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Leonid Ivanovich Popov
Leonid Popov and Valery Ryumin in USSR postage stamp, 1981
Born August 31, 1945(1945-08-31) (age 77)
Place of birth Oleksandriia, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
Rank Major General, Soviet Air Force
Awards Hero of the Soviet Union (2)

Leonid Ivanovich Popov (Russian: Леони́д Ива́нович Попо́в; born August 31, 1945) is a former Soviet cosmonaut.


Popov was born in Oleksandriia, Kirovohrad Oblast, Ukrainian SSR. He was selected as a cosmonaut on April 27, 1970, and flew as Commander on Soyuz 35, Soyuz 40 and Soyuz T-7, logging 200 days, 14 hours, and 45 minutes in space before his retirement on June 13, 1987.[1] Popov is married with two children.

Leonid Popov, Aleksandr Serebrov and Svetlana Savitskaya

He was awarded:

Foreign awards:

  • Hero of the Socialist Republic of Romania;
  • Hero of the Republic of Cuba
  • Hero of Socialist Labour (Vietnam);
  • Order of Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam) .


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