Aleksandr Lazutkin

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Aleksandr Ivanovich Lazutkin
BornOctober 30, 1957
Moscow, Russia
OccupationFlight engineer
Space career
Time in space
184d 22h 07m
MissionsSoyuz TM-25

Aleksandr Ivanovich Lazutkin (Russian: Александр Иванович Лазуткин; born October 30, 1957)[1] is a Russian cosmonaut.

Life and career[edit]

Lazutkin attended the Moscow Aviation Institute and received a mechanical engineering degree.[1] He was selected as cosmonaut on March 3, 1992. His first spaceflight was Soyuz TM-25, on which he was the flight engineer.

Lazutkin has said that Russian cosmonauts were given cognac for extended missions in space.[2]

1997 Progress supply mission[edit]

Lazutkin was aboard the Mir Space Station when a collision occurred with the unmanned Progress M34, its supply craft which was piloted by Vasily Tsibliyev while on the Mir.[3][4] The collision, which is considered the worst in the history of the space age,[4] knocked out the Spektr's solar panels and took the Mir out of its alignment with the sun, also causing it to lose power.[4] It also caused the cabin to decompress.[5]

Quick action by the three crewmen managed to stave off immediate disaster.[4] Lazutkin and fellow crewman Michael Foale quickly severed the connecting cables with the module and sealed off the hatches to the module, saving the rest of the station.[6] Lazutkin managed to successfully cut some of the wires connecting the Mir and the Spektr using a tiny dinner knife.[3] A few days after the collision, Tsibliyev and Lazutkin were ordered to attempt to repair the Mir. Foale was ordered to the Soyuz-TM escape pod.[3] The station was eventually secured safely.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Aleksandr Ivanovich Lazutkin". European Space Agency. Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  2. ^ "Why Astronauts Were Banned From Drinking Wine In Outer Space". Gizmodo. Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  3. ^ a b c Hollingham, Richard. "The five greatest space hacks of all time". BBC. Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  4. ^ a b c d e Burrows, William E. (2010-09-29). This New Ocean: The Story of the First Space Age. Random House Publishing Group. ISBN 9780307765482.
  5. ^ Kamler, Kenneth (2004-01-20). Surviving the Extremes: A Doctor's Journey to the Limits of Human Endurance. Macmillan. ISBN 9781429976114.
  6. ^ Hall, Rex; Shayler, David (2003-05-07). Soyuz: A Universal Spacecraft. Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 9781852336578.