Roman Romanenko

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Roman Romanenko
Roman Romanenko.jpg
Cosmonaut
Nationality Russian
Status Active
Born (1971-08-09) August 9, 1971 (age 42)
Shchyolkovo, Soviet Union
Other names
Roman Yurievich Romanenko
Other occupation
Pilot
Rank Major, Russian Air Force
Time in space
333 days, 11 hours, 01 minute
Selection 1997 TsPK Cosmonaut Group
Missions Soyuz TMA-15, Expedition 20/21 Soyuz TMA-07M, Expedition 34/35
Mission insignia
Soyuz-TMA-15-Mission-Patch.pngISS Expedition 20 Patch.pngISS Expedition 21 Patch.png Soyuz-TMA-07M-Mission-Patch.png ISS Expedition 34 Patch.png ISS Expedition 35 Patch.png
Awards Hero of the Russian Federation medal.png

Roman Yurievich Romanenko (Major, Russian Air Force; Russian: Роман Юрьевич Романенко; born August 9, 1971) is a cosmonaut at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center.

Personal life[edit]

Romanenko was born in Shchyolkovo, near Moscow. His parents, Yuri Victorovich Romanenko and Aleftina Ivanovna Romanenko, live in Star City. He is married to Yulia Leonidovna Romanenko (Danilovskaya). They have one son. His hobbies include underwater hunting, tennis, car repairs, tourism, yachting, volleyball and music.

Education[edit]

After graduation from Star City high school in 1986, Romanenko entered the Leningrad Suvorov military school, from which he graduated in 1988. In 1988, he entered the Chernigov High Air Force School for pilots, from which he graduated in 1992 as a pilot-engineer.

Experience[edit]

Following graduation from pilot school Romanenko served as a second commander in the Air Force. He flew L-39 and Tu-134 aircraft. Romanenko has logged over 500 hours of flight time. He is a Class 3 Air Force pilot.

Awards[edit]

On May 6, 2010, Romanenko was awarded the Hero of the Russian Federation medal by the decree of the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.[1][2] He was also awarded the honorary title Pilot-Cosmonaut of the Russian Federation.

Cosmonaut career[edit]

Roman Romanenko inside the Zvezda module of the ISS.

Romanenko was selected as a cosmonaut candidate at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center Cosmonaut Office in December 1997. From January 1998 to November 1999 he undertook his basic training course. In November 1999 he was qualified as a Test Cosmonaut.

He served as the backup to Oleg Kotov as the Commander of Soyuz TMA-10 and Fyodor Yurchikhin as Commander of Expedition 15.

Expedition 20/21[edit]

On May 27, 2009, Romanenko was launched into space as the commander of the Soyuz TMA-15 spacecraft from Site 1/5 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.[3] He was part of the Expedition 20 and Expedition 21 crews and was the third second-generation space traveller after Sergey Volkov and Richard Garriott. Romanenko served as a Flight Engineer aboard the ISS during the two long duration missions.

After spending 187 days and 20 hours in space, Romanenko returned to Earth along with astronauts, Robert Thirsk and Frank de Winne on December 1, 2009.

Expedition 34/35[edit]

First Spacewalk[edit]

Romanenko during the first spacewalk of the Expedition 35 mission on April 19, 2013.

On April 19, 2013 Romanenko completed his first spacewalk with fellow cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov, a 6 hour 38 minute EVA to conduct repairs to the ISS.[4]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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