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Leonid Popov : biography

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Leonid Ivanovich Popov ( born August 31, 1945) is a former Soviet cosmonaut.


Popov was born in Oleksandriia, Kirovohrad Oblast, Ukrainian SSR. He was selected as a cosmonaut on April 27, 1970, and flew as Commander on Soyuz 35, Soyuz 40 and Soyuz T-7, logging 200 days, 14 hours, and 45 minutes in space before his retirement on June 13, 1987.http://www.spacefacts.de/bios/cosmonauts/english/popov_leonid.htm Spacefacts bio Popov is married with two children.

He was awarded:

  • Twice Hero of the Soviet Union;
  • Three Orders of Lenin;
  • Medal "For Merit in Space Exploration" (Russian Federation);
  • Pilot-Cosmonaut of the USSR;
  • Honoured Master of Sport.

Foreign awards:

  • Hero of the Socialist Republic of Romania;
  • Hero of the Republic of Cuba
  • Hero of Socialist Labour (Vietnam);
  • Order of Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam) .
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