Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Volkov

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Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Volkov
Sergei and Aleksandr Volkov (right) in 2013
Nationality Soviet
Born (1948-05-27) 27 May 1948 (age 66)
Horlivka, Ukrainian SSR
Other occupation
Test Pilot
Rank Colonel, Soviet Air Force
Time in space
391d 11h 52m
Selection 1978 cosmonaut Group
Missions Soyuz T-14, Mir EO-4 (Soyuz TM-7), Soyuz TM-13

Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Volkov (Ukrainian: Олександр Олександрович Волков, Russian: Алекса́ндр Алекса́ндрович Во́лков, born 27 May 1948) is a Soviet cosmonaut of Ukrainian origins.

At the age of 13, Volkov witnessed Yuri Gagarin become the first man in space and this inspired him to become a cosmonaut. He joined the Soviet space programme and became a test pilot before realising his dream.

Flew into space three times. First was a trip to Salyut 7 in 1985 (64 days in space) and then twice to the Mir space station in 1988/1989 (151 days) and again in 1991-1992 (175 days).[1] On board the Mir space station, he controlled the docking procedures among other things.

The Soviet Union broke up in 1991 during his second stay on board Mir. At the time Volkov was orbiting Earth on Mir with Sergei K. Krikalev, "the last citizens of the USSR". Having gone into orbit as Soviet citizens, they returned to Earth as Russian citizens.

Aleksandr Volkov was awarded:

He worked as Commander of the Cosmonaut Team at the Cosmonauts Training Centre from January 1991 until August 1998. His work was to prepare Russian and foreign cosmonauts for future flights to space stations to Mir and the International Space Station.[6]

He is the father of Sergei Volkov, who became the first second-generation cosmonaut when he was launched aboard Soyuz TMA-12 on 8 April 2008.