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Astronaut Birthdays for February

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February 24th

 

Lev Vorobiyov (1931) USSR

Selected 1963

Trained for a Soyuz mission which would have tested the rendezvous system for Soviet lunar flights but programme was cancelled

Originally chosen for Soyuz 13 in 1973 but dropped because of personal differences between him and his crewmate.

Retired June 1974 for political reasons; no flights

Died 12 May 2010

 

 

Information from Spacefacts website and Encyclopedia Astronautica

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Yes - definitely reading. Quite a few of the Soviet cosmonauts seem to have died prematurely. 

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7 hours ago, Eric Mc said:

Yes - definitely reading. Quite a few of the Soviet cosmonauts seem to have died prematurely. 

The Buran program seemed to be particularly jinxed - even though it never flew manned, a lot of the cosmonauts who trained for it died.

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February 25th

 

No astronaut birthdays today

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February 26th

 

Anatoli Filipchenko (1928) USSR

Selected 1963

Soyuz 7, 12 - 17 October 1969 (4d 22h 40m) - 'Troika' flight with Soyuz 6 and 8

Soyuz 16, 2 - 8 December 1974 (5d 22h 23m) - Rehearsal flight for Apollo-Soyuz

Retired January 1982

 

 

William Twinting (1928) USA

Selected 1962 as military astronaut (USAF)

Retiral date unknown; no flights

 

 

Eduard Buinovsky (1936) USSR

Selected 1963

Retired December 1964 for medical reasons; no flights

 

 

Dmitri Yuyukov (1941) USSR

Selected 1973

Trained for a flight to the military space station 'Almaz' but programme cancelled

Retired 1987; no flights

 

 

Vladimir Khatulev (1947) USSR

Selected 1978

Worked on the TKS space station module later adapted as Salyut add-ons

Retired 1980; no flights

 

 

Susan Helms (1958) USA

Selected 1990 (NASA Group 13)

STS-54, 13 - 19 January 1993 (5d 23h 38m) - Deployed TDRS 6 communications satellite

STS-64, 10 - 20 September 1994 (10d 22h 49m) - Carried LIDAR In-Space Technology Experiment (LITE) studying the atmosphere with laser pulses

STS-78, 20 June - 7 July 1996 (16d 21h 47m) - Spacelab LMS (Life and Microgravity Sciences)

STS-101, 19 - 29 May 2000 (9d 20h 9m) - ISS supply mission in preparation for Expedition 1 later that year

STS-102/ISS Expedition 2, 8 March - 22 August 2001 (167d 6h 40m) - landed aboard STS-105

Total flight time 210d 23h 3m

Retired July 2002

 

Joint holder of the EVA duration record (8h 56m)

 

 

Andrei Fedyayev (1981) Russia

Selected 2012

On active status; no flights yet

 

 

 

Information from Spacefacts website

 

 

Also see addition to the post for 7 February - my records wrongly had Konstantin Feoktistov's birthday as today but I discovered the error when I went to write him up!

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February 27th

 

Robert Crombie (1954) USA

Selected 1985 (USAF Manned Spaceflight Engineer Group 3)

Retired July 1988, no flights

 

 

Thomas Pesquet (1978) France

Selected 2009 (ESA Group 3)

Soyuz MS-03/ISS Expeditions 50/51, 17 November 2016 - 2 June 2017 (196d 17h 50m)

Still on active flight status

 

 

Information from Spacefacts website

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February 28th

 

Lloyd Anderson (1952) USA

Selected 1988

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

Retiral date not known

 

 

Information from Spacefacts website

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February 29th

 

Jack Lousma (1936) USA

Selected 1966 (NASA Group 5)

Skylab 3, 28 July - 25 September 1973 (59d 11h 9m) - Second manned expedition

STS-3, 22 - 30 March 1982 (8d 0h 4m) - Third flight of the Shuttle (first with an unpainted External Tank), carried various experiments. Only flight to land at White Sands.

Total flight time 67d 11h 13m

Retired 1983

 

 

Information from Spacefacts website

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