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Astronaut Birthdays for May

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May 25th

 

Georgi Grechko (1931) USSR

Selected 1968

Soyuz 17/Salyut 4 Expedition 1, 10 January - 9 February 1975 (29d 13h 19m)

Soyuz 26/Salyut 6 Expedition 1, 10 December 1977 - 16 March 1978 (96d 10h 0m) - Landed aboard Soyuz 27

Soyuz T-14/Salyut 7 Visiting Flight 3, 17 - 26 September 1985 (8d 21h 13m) - Landed aboard Soyuz T-13 after inspecting repairs carried out by Expedition 4 crew

Total flight time 134d 20h 32m

Retired March 1992

Died 8 April 2017

 

 


John Olivas (1966) USA

Selected 1998 (NASA Group 17)

STS-117, 8 - 22 June 2007 (13d 20h 11m) - Delivered S3/S4 Truss and solar arrays to the ISS; also partial crew exchange (Anderson up, Williams down)

STS-128, 29 August - 12 September 2009 (13d 20h 54m) - Delivered equipment and supplies to the ISS; also partial crew exchange (Stott up, Kopra down)

Total flight time 27d 17h 4m

Retired May 2010

 

 

 

Dmitri Kondratiyev (1969) Russia

Selected 1997

Soyuz TMA-20/ISS Expeditions 26/27, 15 December 2010 - 24 May 2011 (159d 7h 17m)

Retired July 2012

 

 

 

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May 26th

 

Muhammed Faris (1951) Syria

Selected 1985

Soyuz TM-3/Mir Visiting Flight 1, 22 - 30 July 1987 (7d 23h 4m) - Also partial crew exchange (Aleksandrov up; Viktorenko down; landed aboard Soyuz TM-2)

Retired July 1987

 

In August 2012 defected from Syrian army and fled to Turkey

 

 

 

Sally Ride (1951) USA

Selected 1978 (NASA Group 8 )

STS-7, 18 - 24 June 1983 (6d 2h 24m) - Deployed two comsats. First American woman in space; first crew of five

STS-41G, 5 - 13 October 1984 (8d 5h 23m) - Deployed Earth Radiation Budget Satellite; first flight to carry two female astronauts

Total flight time 14d 7h 47m

Retired August 1987

Member of the Presidential Commissions that investigated the Challenger and Columbia accidents (only person to serve on both)

Died of pancreatic cancer 23 July 2012

 

Previously married to astronaut Steve Hawley; after her death revealed to be in a same-sex relationship; only astronaut to date to be identified as LGBT

 

 


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May 27th

 

Aleksandr Volkov (1948) USSR
Selected 1976
Soyuz T-14/Salyut 7 Expedition 5, 17 September – 21 November 1985 (64d 21h 52m)
Soyuz TM-7/Mir Expedition 4, 26 November 1988 – 27 April 1989 (151d 11h 8m)
Soyuz TM-13/Mir Expedition 10, 2 October 1991 – 25 March 1992 (175d 2h 51m)
Total flight time 391d 11h 51m
Retired August 1998

 

 

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May 28th

 

Paul Scully-Power (1944) USA

Selected 1984

STS-41G, 5 - 13 October 1984 (8d 5h 23m) - Deployed Earth Radiation Budget Satellite

Retired October 1984

 

 


Vladimir Gevorkyan (1952) USSR

Selected 1978

Retired 1987; no flights

Died of a brain tumour 13 April 2008

 

 


Glenn Yeakel (1956) USA

Selected 1982 (USAF Manned Spaceflight Engineer Group 2)

Retired July 1988; no flights

 

 


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May 29th

 

No astronaut birthdays today

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May 30th

 

Aleksei Leonov (1934) USSR

Selected 1960

Voskhod 2, 18 - 19 March 1965 (1d 2h 2m) - First man to make an EVA

Soyuz 19, 15 - 21 July 1975 (5d 22h 30m) - Apollo-Soyuz Test Project

Total fl;ight time 7d 0h 32m

Retired January 1982

 

 


Michael Booen (1957) USA

Selected 1982 (USAF Manned Spaceflight Engineer Group 2)

Backup for STS-51J

Retired 1987; no flights

 

 


Michael Lopez-Alegria (1958) USA (Born in Spain but is US citizen)

Selected 1992 (NASA Group 14)

STS-73, 20 October - 5 November 1995 (15d 21h 52m) - United States Microgravity Lab 2

STS-92, 11 - 24 October 2000 (12d 21h 42m) - Delivered Z1 truss, Pressurised Mating Adapter, gyroscopes and other equipment to the ISS

STS-113, 24 November - 7 December 2002 (13d 18h 47m) - Delivered P1 truss to the ISS; also crew exchange (Expedition 6 up; Expedition 5 down)

Soyuz TMA-9/ISS Expedition 14, 18 September 2006 - 21 April 2007 (215d 8h 22m)

Total flight time 257d 22h 43m

Retired March 2012

 

 


Helen Sharman (1963) United Kingdom

Selected 1989

Soyuz TM-12/Mir Visiting Flight 5, 18 - 26 May 1991 (7d 21h 13m) - Also crew exchange (Expedition 9 up; Expedition 8 down). First UK citizen in space

Retired 1998

 

 

 

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May 31st

 

Vladislav Gulyayev (1937) USSR

Selected 1963

Retired March 1968 for medical reasons following an accident; no flights

Died of a heart attack 19 April 1990

 

 

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