Valery Rozhdestvensky

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Valery Ilyich Rozhdestvensky
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Vyacheslav Zudov and Valery Rozhdestvensky (right) on a 1977 Soviet stamp
Born (1939-02-13) February 13, 1939 (age 80)
NationalitySoviet
OccupationEngineer, Soviet Navy
Space career
Cosmonaut
Time in space
2d 00h 06m
Selection1965
MissionsSoyuz 23

Valery Ilyich Rozhdestvensky (February 13, 1939–August 31, 2011) was a USSR cosmonaut.

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.[1] 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.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Cosmonaut Biography: Valeri Rozhdestvensky". spacefacts.de. 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2012.