September 26, 1948 |
České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia
|Other occupation||Member of European Parliament, Pilot|
|Rank||Colonel, Czechoslovak Air Force|
|Time in space||7d 22h 17m|
|Selection||Air Force Group 6|
Vladimír Remek (born 26 September 1948 in České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech politican, diplomat and sales representative, and a former cosmonaut and military pilot. He is the first Czechoslovak in space and the first cosmonaut from a country other than the Soviet Union or the United States. As of 2004, with the entry of the Czech Republic into the European Union Vladimír Remek is considered to be the first astronaut from the EU. He flew aboard Soyuz 28 from March 2 to March 10, 1978, for seven days, 22 hours, and 17 minutes. In 2004 he was elected into the European Parliament.
Early life and education
Vladimír Remek was born in České Budějovice to a Czech mother and Slovak father. His father, Jozef Remek, was Lieutenant General of the Czechoslovak army (from 1973-75 Deputy Minister of Defense responsible for the air force and air defense; from 1976-89 commander of the air force). In 1970, Vladimir became a military pilot. In 1976 he completed his studies at the Gagarin Air Force Academy in Monino, Moscow Region, U.S.S.R.
Intercosmos program and afterwards
Remek joined the Intercosmos program in 1976; his backup was Oldřich Pelčák. After his 1978 flight, on March 16, he and Aleksei Gubarev, the other member of the crew, were awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union.
In 1990 he became the director of the Military Museum for Aviation and Astronautics in Prague; from 1995 onwards he worked as a sales representative for ČZ in Moscow; since 2002 he has served at the Czech embassy in Moscow.
During the 2004 European Parliament election, Remek was an independent candidate for the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia and, being second on the list, was elected into the European Parliament. He was elected again in 2009.
The asteroid 2552 Remek is named after him.
- "Commemorating 30 years of European human space flight". EU CORDIS. Retrieved 2008-05-15.
- (Russian) Biography at the website on Heroes of the Soviet Union and Russia
Media related to Vladimír Remek at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (Czech and English)
- biography of Vladimír Remek at the European Parliament
- Short biography (in Czech)
- Spacefacts biography of Vladimír Remek