August 2, 1949 |
|Rank||Brigadier General, Hungarian Air Force|
|Time in space||7d 20h 45m|
|Selection||1978 Intercosmos Group|
|Missions||Soyuz 36/Soyuz 35|
Bertalan Farkas (born August 2, 1949) was the first Hungarian cosmonaut and the first Esperantist in space. He is currently the president of Airlines Service and Trade. With Charles Simonyi's travel, Farkas is no longer the only Hungarian who has been to space (he is still the only astronaut, as Simonyi flew as a space tourist).
Early life and military career
Born in Gyulaháza, he graduated from the George Kilián Aeronautical College in Szolnok in 1969. He then attended the Krasnodar Military Aviation Institute in the Soviet Union, from where he graduated in 1972.
While in orbit, Farkas conducted experiments in material science. After 7 days, 20 hours and 45 minutes, and having completed 124 orbits, Farkas and Kubasov returned to Earth, landing 140 km southeast of Dzhezkazgan. Bertalan Farkas was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union on June 30, 1980 
Farkas is married to Anikó Farkas, and has three children: Aida, Ádám and Bertalan. He loves tennis and plays it often.
- (Russian)Biography at the website on Heroes of the Soviet Union and Russia