Vasily Tsibliyev : biography
Vasily Vasiliyevich Tsibliyev (); born on February 20, 1954) is a Russian cosmonaut.
He was selected as a cosmonaut on March 26, 1987. Tsibliyev flew as Commander on Soyuz TM-17 from July 1, 1993 to January 14, 1994 and on Soyuz TM-25 from February 2, 1997 to August 14 of the same year. He retired on June 19, 1998. Tsibliyev is currently Chief of the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonauts Training Center at Star City, Russia.
Tsibliyev is married with two children.
Tsibliyev was the commander in charge of Mir when it was hit by a Progress spacecraft in 1997.
Honours and awards
- Hero of the Russian Federation (14 January 1994) - for courage and heroism displayed during spaceflight on the orbital scientific research complex Mir
- Order of Merit for the Fatherland, 3rd class (10 April 1998) - for courage and heroism displayed during prolonged space flight on the orbital scientific research complex Mir
- Medal "For Merit in Space Exploration" (12 April 2011) - for the great achievements in the field of research, development and use of outer space, many years of diligent work, public activities
- Medal for Battle Merit
- Medal "For Distinction in Military Service", 2nd class
- Medal "For Strengthening brotherhood in arms" (Bulgaria)
- NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal
- Pilot-Cosmonaut of the Russian Federation (14 January 1994) - for the successful implementation of spaceflight on the orbital scientific research complex Mir and expressed at high level of professionalism
- Prize Laureate Vladimir Vysotsky's "Own Track"
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