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Aleksandr Nikolayevich Balandin : biography

July 30, 1953 -

Aleksandr Nikolayevich Balandin (Александр Николаевич Баландин) (born July 30, 1953 in Fryazino, Moscow Oblast, Russian SFSR) is a Russian cosmonaut. He is married with two children. He was selected as a cosmonaut on December 1, 1978, and retired on October 17, 1994.

He flew as a flight engineer on Soyuz TM-9.http://www.spacefacts.de/bios/cosmonauts/english/balandin_aleksandr.htm

He worked at NPO Energia until 1994, and was then President of Lendint-Association until 2000.http://www.astronautix.com/astros/balandin.htm

He was awarded:

  • Hero of the Soviet Union
  • Pilot-Cosmonaut of the USSR
  • Order of Lenin
  • Medal "For Merit in Space Exploration"
  • Order of Bernardo O'Higgins
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