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Astronaut Birthdays for January

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JANUARY 18TH

 

Vladimir Bugrov (1933) USSR

Selected 1966

Worked on the Soviet lunar landing programme

Retired 1968 for medical reasons; no flights

 

 

Anthony Boyle (1941) United Kingdom

Selected 1984

Part of the British Army's Skynet team and might have flown on a Shuttle mission but was forced to resign to serve on a committee of inquiry into alleged security leaks in a regiment he used to command. There was no suggestion that he was involved but his role in the investigation meant he had to leave the astronaut training programme five months later

Died 25 October 2011

 

 

Jeffrey Williams (1958) USA

Selected 1996 (NASA Group 16)

STS-101, 19 - 29 Mat 2000 (9d 20h 9m)

Soyuz TMA-8/ISS Expedition 13, 30 March - 29 September 2006 (182d 22h 43m)

Soyuz TMA-16/ISS Expeditions 21/22, 30 September 2009 - 18 March 2010 (169d 4h 9m)

Soyuz TMA-20M/ISS Expeditions 47/48, 18 March - 7 September 2016 (172d 3h 47m)

Total flight time to date 534d 2h 48m

Still on active flight status

 

 

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I used to chat regularly to a scientist who was working on ELDEF. He was based in the Dublin Institute of Physics and we used to take the same commuter train to work each morning. That was back in 1982/83.

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JANUARY 19TH

 

Byron Knolle (1924) USAF

Selected 1962

Was part of a military astronaut group but never flew

Retiral date unknown

Died 6 July 2012

 

 

Aleksander Shchukin (1946) USSR

Selected 1977

Trained for a Buran (Soviet Space Shuttle) mission

Killed in crash of Su-26M aerobatics plane, 18 August 1988

 

Was backup on Soyuz TM-4

 

 

Information from Spacefacts website

 

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JANUARY 20TH

 

Buzz Aldrin (1930) USA

Selected 1963 (NASA Group 3)

Gemini 12, 11 - 15 November 1966 (3d 22h 24m)

Apollo 11, 16 - 24 July 1969 (8d 3h 18m) - Second man on the Moon

Total flight time 12d 1h 52m

Retired July 1971

 

Backup on Gemini 10; reassigned as backup on Gemini 9 when the flight crew died in an air crash and the original backups replaced them

Also backup on Apollo 8

 

 

Jerry Ross (1948) USA

Selected 1980 (NASA Group 9)

STS-61B, 27 November - 3 December 1985 (6d 21h 4m)

STS-27, 2 - 7 December 1988 (4d 9h 5m)

STS-37, 5 - 11 April 1991 (5d 23h 32m)

STS-55, 26 April - 6 May 1993 (9d 23h 40m)

STS-74, 12 - 20 November 1995 (8d 4h 30m)

STS-88, 4 - 15 December 1998 (11d 19h 18m)

STS-110, 8 - 19 April 2002 (10d 19h 42m)

Total flight time 58d 0h 51m

Retired January 2012

 

First man to make seven spaceflights

 

 

Magomed Tolboyev (1951) USSR (Dagestan)

Selected 1983

Trained for a Buran mission but programme was cancelled

Retired January 1994; no flights

 

 

Mohammad Masum (1954) Afghanistan

Selected 1988

Named for Soyuz TM-6 but dropped; the official explanation was appendicitis but some sources say it was for political reasons

Retired September 1988; no flights

 

 

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JANUARY 21ST

 

Valentin Yershov (1928) USSR

Selected 1967

Was in training for the Soviet lunar landing programme but taken off flight status because he refused to join the Communist Party

Retired 1974; no flights

Died 15 February 1998

 

 

Robert Phillips (1929) USA

Selected 1984 (Spacelab 4 Group) - Veterinarian

Named for STS-71E; mission cancelled following the Challenger accident

Backup on STS-40

Retired 1991; no flights

Died 26 February 2013

 

 

Valentin Filatyev (1930) USSR

Selected 1960

Dismissed April 1963 following an incident in which he and two other cosmonauts were arrested for being drunk and disorderly at a railway station. To protect the image of the space programme, Filatyev was airbrushed out of cosmonaut group photos; when the originals were discovered this led to rumours that he had died during a space flight.

Died 15 September 1990

 

 

Joseph Tanner (1950) USA

Selected 1992 (NASA Group 14)

STS-66, 3 - 14 November 1994 (10d 22h 34m) - Spacelab mission ATLAS-3

STS-82 11 - 21 February 1997 (9d 23h 37m) - second Hubble servicing mission

STS-97, 1 - 11 December 2000 (10d 19h 57m) - delivered the first set of solar arrays to the International Space Station

STS-115, 9 - 21 September 2006 (11d 19h 6m) - delivered truss segment and further solar arrays to the ISS (first assembly flight since the Columbia accident)

Total flight time 43d 13h 14m

Retired September 2008

 

 

 

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Very interesting back stories emerging - especially for the Soviet era cosmonauts.

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1 hour ago, Eric Mc said:

Very interesting back stories emerging - especially for the Soviet era cosmonauts.

Glasnost opened a lot of doors with previously secret stuff coming out. Though some of the early researchers seem to miss the fun of the hunt!

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JANUARY 22ND

 

Thomas Jones (1955) USA

Selected 1990 (NASA Group 13)

STS-59, 9 - 20 April 1994 (11d 5h 49m) - Space Radar Laboratory 1

STS-69, 30 September - 11 October 1994 (11d 5h 46m) - Space Radar Laboratory 2

STS-80, 19 November - 7 December 1996 (17d 15h 43m) - Orbiting and Retrievable Far and Extreme Ultraviolet Spectrograph-Shuttle Pallet Satellite II (ORFEUS-SPAS II)

STS-98, 7 - 20 February 2001 (12d 21h 20m) - Delivered Destiny laboratory module to the ISS

Total flight time 53d 0h 48m

Retired September 2001

 

On STS-80 Jones was due to make two EVAs but these had to be cancelled because the outer airlock hatch could not be opened

 

 

Jean-Marc Gasparini (1963) France

Selected 1990

Candidate for a Shuttle mission but not selected

Retired August 1998; no flights

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JANUARY 23RD

 

Bill Pogue (1930) USA

Selected 1966 (NASA Group 5)

Skylab 4, 16 November 1973 - 8 February 1974 (84d 1h 15m)

Retired September 1975

Died 3 March 2014

 

There is an element of confusion about the numbering of the Skylab flights. Officially the launch of the Orbital Workshop itself was designated SL-01, with the three manned missions as SL-02 to -04. However the Press and public tended to ignore the OWS launch and referred only to the manned flights as Skylab 1 to 3. This was not helped by the mission patches, which followed the Press line. Maybe this could have been avoided if NASA had followed the current ISS format and designated the manned missions as 'Expedition 1' etc...

 

 

Ivan Bachurin (1942) USSR (Ukraine)

Selected 1979

Trained for a Buran mission; carried out six test flights with the OK-GLI jet-powered training craft.

Retired1992

Died 20 September 2011

 

 

Robert Cabana (1949)

Selected 1985 (NASA Group 11)

STS-41, 6 - 10 October 1990 (4d 2h 10m) - launched Ulysses Solar Polar probe

STS-53, 2 - 9 December 1992 (7d 7h 19m) - semi-classified Department of Defense mission

STS-65, 8 - 23 July 1994 (14d 17h 55m) - International Microgravity Laboratory 2

STS-88, 4 - 15 December 1998 (11d 19h 18m) - First ISS assembly mission; carried Unity module

Total flight time 37d 22h 42m

Retired 2004

 

 

Kjell Lindgren (1973) USA

Selected 2009 (NASA Group 20)

Soyuz TMA-17M/ISS Expeditions 44/45, 22 July - 11 December 2015 (141d 16h 9m)

Still on active flight status

 

 

Jack Fischer (1974) USA

Selected 2009 (NASA Group 20)

Soyuz MS-04/ISS Expeditions 51/52. 20 April - 3 September 2017 (135d 18h 8m)

Still on active flight status

 

 

 

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JANUARY 24TH

 

Bill Readdy (1952) USA

Selected 1987 (NASA Group 12)

STS-42, 22 - 30 January 1992 (8d 1h 14m) - International Microgravity Laboratory 1

STS-51, 12 - 22 September 1993 (9d 20h 11m) - Orbiting and Retrievable Far and Extreme Ultraviolet Spectrograph-Shuttle Pallet Satellite I (ORFEUS-SPAS I)

STS-79, 16 - 26 September 1996 (10d 3h 18m) - Shuttle/Mir Mission

Total flight time 28d 0h 43m

Retired 2005

 

 

Krasimir Stoyanov (1961) Bulgaria

Selected 1987

Backup for Soyuz TM-5, 1988

Retired 1988, no flights

 

 

Information from Spacefacts website

 

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JANUARY 25TH

 

No astronaut birthdays today

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JANUARY 26TH

 

Mario Runco (1952) USA

Selected 1987 (NASA Group 12)

STS-44, 24 November - 1 December 1991 (6d 22h 50m) - deployed a DoD observation satellite

STS-54, 13 - 19 January 1993 (5d 23h 38m) - deployed Tracking & Data Relay Satellite (TDRS 6)

STS-77, 19 - 29 May 1996 (10d 0h 39m) - SPACEHAB mission

Total flight time 22d 23h 7m

Retired June 2002

 

 

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JANUARY 27TH - 51st Anniversary of Apollo 1 fire

 

Brian O'Leary (1940) USA

Selected 1967 (NASA Group 6) - as a planetary scientist chosen with a view to a potential 1980s Mars mission

Retired April 1968 for personal reasons

Died 28 July 2011

 

 

Jeremy Hansen (1976) Canada

Selected 2009

On active status; no flights to date

 

 

Wang Yaping (1980) China
Selected 2010

Shenzhou X, 11 - 26 June 2013 (14d 14h 29m)

Was also Backup on Shenzhou IX

Still on active status

She has the most recent birth date of anybody who has flown in space

 

 

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JANUARY 28TH - 32nd Anniversary of Challenger accident

 

John Fabian (1939) USA

Selected 1978 (NASA Group 8)

STS-7, 18 - 24 June 1983 (6d 2h 24m) - Deployed two communications satellites, also the first flight with an American female astronaut

STS-51G, 17 - 24 June 1985 (7d 1h 39m) - Deployed three communications satellites

Total flight time 13d 4h 3m

Retired 1985

 

 

Leonid Kadenyuk (1951) USSR (Ukraine)

Selected 1976

STS-87, 19 November - 5 December 1997 (15d 16h 34m) - US Microgravity Payload 4

Retired 1998

Died 31 January 2018

 

 

 

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JANUARY 29TH

 

Ordinard Kolomiytsev (1933) USSR

Selected 1967

Retired August 1968; no flights

Died 16 July 2012

 

 

Arnaldo Tamaya Méndez (1942) Cuba

Selected 1978

Soyuz 38, 18 - 26 September 1980 (7d 20h 43m)

Retired 1980

 

 

Mamoru Mohri (1948) Japan

Selected 1985

STS-47, 12 - 20 September 1992 (7d 22h 30m) - Spacelab J-1

STS-99, 11 - 22 February 2000 (11d 5h 38m) - Shuttle Radar Topography Mission

Total flight time 19d 4h 8m

Retired 2000

 

 

 

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JANUARY 30TH

 

Carol Weaver (1953) USA

Selected 1988

Meteorologist with the US Air Force; was considered for a Shuttle flight but mission never took place

Retiral date not known

 

 

Joseph Carretto (1957) USA

Selected 1985

Was past of USAF's Manned Spaceflight Engineer group
Retired 1988; no flights

 

 

Kimiya Yui (1970) Japan

Selected 2009

Soyuz TMA-17/ISS Expedition 44/45, 22 July - 11 December 2015 (141d 16h 9m)

Still on active flight duty

 

 

Pyotr Dubrov (1978) Russia

Selected 2012

On active duty; no flights yet

 

 

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JANUARY 31ST

 

No astronaut birthdays today

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