Ivan Bella

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Ivan Bella
Ivan Bella (Author - Rudolf Csiba).jpg
Research Cosmonaut
Nationality Slovak
Born (1964-05-25) 25 May 1964 (age 50)
Brezno, Czechoslovakia (present Slovakia)
Other occupation
Pilot
Rank Colonel
Time in space
7d 21h 56m
Selection 1998 Cosmonaut Group
Missions Soyuz TM-29 / Soyuz TM-28
Mission insignia
Soyuz TM-29 logo.png

Ivan Bella (born 25 May 1964 in Brezno, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia)) is a Slovak Air Force officer who became the first Slovak citizen to fly in space. He participated in an eight-day joint Russian-French-Slovak mission to the Mir space station in 1999.[1]

Spaceflight[edit]

Bella began training as a Research Cosmonaut on 25 March 1998. He completed his training successfully at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in August of the same year.[1]

Bella launched along with mission commander Viktor Afanasyev and flight engineer Jean-Pierre Haigneré on the Soyuz TM-29 mission on 20 February 1999. TM-29 arrived at Mir on 22 February. While on board the station Bella performed various scientific experiments as well as experiments involving the possibility of survival of Japanese Quails during long flights. Bella spent just over a week in space and returned to earth on 28 February aboard Soyuz TM-28 along with fellow crew member Gennady Padalka.[1][2][3]

Diplomatic career[edit]

In 2004, Bella was appointed to serve as a military attaché for Slovakia in Moscow, Russia.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Bella". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 5 January 2009. Retrieved 29 November 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Britannica Educational Publishing (2009). Manned Spaceflight. Rosen Publishing Group. p. 157. ISBN 1-61530-039-2. 
  3. ^ "Mir Stefanik". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 29 November 2010. 

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