|Vitaly Ivanovich Sevastyanov|
8 July 1935|
|Died||5 April 2010
Time in space
|80d 16h 18m|
|Selection||Civilian Specialist Group 3|
|Missions||Soyuz 9, Soyuz 18|
|Awards||Hero of the Soviet Union (2)|
He trained as an engineer at the Moscow Aviation Institute and after graduation in 1959, joined Sergey Korolev's design bureau, where he worked on the design of the Vostok spacecraft. He also lectured at the Cosmonaut Training Centre, teaching the physics of spaceflight. In 1967 he commenced cosmonaut training himself. Between 15-24 September 1972 Vitaly Sevastyanov visited Zagreb, Jugoslavia.
After two successful missions, including a two-month stay on the Salyut 4 space station, he was pulled from active flight status in 1976. He worked in ground control for the Salyut 6 station before returning to spacecraft design in the 1980s to work on the Buran project.
He was president of the Soviet Union Chess Federation from 1977 to 1986 and from 1988 to 1989.
During the 1980s he was the host of a popular television program on space exploration entitled Man, Earth, Universe.
In 1993, he left the space programme and was elected to the State Duma in 1994.
He was awarded:
- Twice Hero of the Soviet Union
- Pilot-Cosmonaut of the USSR
- Two Orders of Lenin
- Jubilee Medal "In Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary since the Birth of Vladimir Il'ich Lenin"
- State Prize of the USSR
- Lenin Komsomol Prize
- Honoured Master of Sport
- Order of the Nile (Egypt)
Sevastyanov died in Moscow on 5 April 2010, aged 74.