Monday, January 28, 2008

Talgat Amangeldyuly Musabayev , Muslim Cosmonaut

Talgat Amangeldyuly Musabayev born on January 7th 1951 in Kargaly / Dzhampul Oblast / Kazakh SSR. Went into space 3 times first as a flight engineer then last two times he was commander of the missions. His first mission was on April 11th 1994 and it lasted 125 days. On 25-08-1998 he led the space mission which lasted over 200 days in space. His last mission into space was on 06-05-2001 and only lasted 7 days.

Graduated from Engineering Institute of Civil Aviation, Riga, 1974; graduated from Higher Military Aviation School in Akhtubinsk, 1983 with a engineering diploma; Candidate of technical sciences degree, 2000; doctorate in technical sciences, 2007; aviation engineer; received several awards as aerobatic flyer; was selected as cosmonaut on 11.05.1990 from GMVK; 1991 appointed to Major and transferred to the cosmonaut group of Air Force (TsPK-11); OKP (cosmonaut basic training): 01.10.1990 - 13.09.1991; was assigned as double for Soyuz TM-13; following his retirement he became deputy head of the Zhukovsky academy and was appointed to Major General (September 2003); chief of the on 27.03.2007 founded National Space agency of Kazakhstan.

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