|Valery Ilyich Rozhdestvensky|
|Born||February 13, 1939
Leningrad, Russian SFSR
|Other occupation||Engineer, Soviet Navy|
|Time in space||2d 00h 06m|
Rozhdestvensky was born in Leningrad and studied engineering at the Higher Military Engineering School of the Soviet Navy in Pushkin. From 1961 to 1965 he was commander of a deep sea diving unit in the Baltic Sea War Fleet.
He was chosen to be a cosmonaut on October 23, 1965 and flew as Flight Engineer on Soyuz 23 in 1976. After his space flight he continued to work with the space program at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. He retired on June 24, 1986 and worked with Metropolis Industries.
- "Cosmonaut Biography: Valeri Rozhdestvensky". spacefacts.de. 2011. http://www.spacefacts.de/bios/cosmonauts/english/rozhdestvensky_valeri.htm. Retrieved 3 January 2012.