26 September 1948 |
České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia
|Other occupation||Member of European Parliament, pilot, ambassador|
|Rank||Colonel, Czechoslovak Air Force|
|Time in space||7d 22h 17m|
|Selection||Air Force Group 6|
Vladimír Remek (born 26 September 1948) is a Czech politician, diplomat and sales representative, and a former cosmonaut and military pilot. He flew aboard Soyuz 28 from 2 to 10 March 1978, for seven days, 22 hours, and 17 minutes, becoming the first Czechoslovak in space; he is also the first and so far only Czech in space. He was the first cosmonaut from a country other than the Soviet Union or the United States, and as of 2004 with the entry of the Czech Republic into the European Union, Remek is considered to be the first astronaut from the European Union. In 2004 he was elected into the European Parliament.
Intercosmos program and afterwards
Remek joined the Intercosmos program in 1976; his backup was Oldřich Pelčák. After his 1978 flight, on 16 March, he and Aleksei Gubarev, the other member of the crew, were awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union.
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. In January 2014 Remek became Czech ambassador to Russia.
- "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.
- "Remek to take up post as ambassador to Russia on 16 Jan". Prague Daily Monitor. 14 January 2014.
- Ivan Bella, first Slovak in space (1999)
Media related to Vladimír Remek at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- Biography of Vladimír Remek at the European Parliament
- Short biography (in Czech)
- Spacefacts biography of Vladimír Remek