|Valery Ilyich Rozhdestvensky|
February 13, 1939|
Leningrad, Russian SFSR
|Died||August 31, 2011(aged 72)|
|Other occupation||Engineer, Soviet Navy|
|Time in space||2d 00h 06m|
Valery Ilyich Rozhdestvensky (Russian: Валерий Ильич Рождественский, born February 13, 1939 in Leningrad, Russian SFSR; died August 31, 2011) was a USSR cosmonaut.
Rozhdestvensky was born in Leningrad and graduated from the Higher Military Engineering School of Soviet Navy in Pushkin in engineering. From 1961 to 1965 he was commander of deepsea diving unity in the Baltic Sea War Fleet.
Rozhdestvensky was selected as a cosmonaut on October 23, 1965 and flew as Flight Engineer on Soyuz 23. After his space flight he continued to work with the space program at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. He retired on June 24, 1986 and worked with Metropolis Industries. He was married with one child.
He was awarded:
- Hero of the Soviet Union
- Pilot-Cosmonaut of the USSR
- Order of Lenin
- Order for Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR 3rd class
- Medal "For Merit in Space Exploration"
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