Aleksandr Panayotov Aleksandrov

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Aleksandr Panayotov Aleksandrov
Александр Александров Панайотов.JPG
Aleksandrov on 23 June 2013.
Intercosmos Cosmonaut
Born (1951-12-01) December 1, 1951 (age 66)
Omurtag, Targovishte Oblast, Bulgaria
Other occupation
RankLieutenant colonel, Bulgarian Air Force
Time in space
9d 20h 10m
Selection1978 Intercosmos Group
MissionsMir EP-2 (Soyuz TM-5 / Soyuz TM-4)
Mission insignia
Soyuz TM-5 mission patch.svg
AwardsHero of the Soviet Union Order of Lenin.svg

Aleksandr Panayotov Aleksandrov (Bulgarian: Александър Панайотов Александров) (born December 1, 1951) is a retired Bulgarian cosmonaut. He is the second Bulgarian to have flown to space, behind Georgi Ivanov.[1][2]


Aleksandrov was born in Omurtag, Bulgaria on December 1, 1951. He graduated from the Bulgarian Air Force Academy in 1974 and obtained a degree in technical sciences in 1983. In the Bulgarian Air Force, Aleksandrov rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel.[2]

Aleksandrov was selected as a Research Cosmonaut on March 1, 1978, as part of the Soviet Union's Intercosmos program. The selection featured six semifinalists, including the parachute jump record holder, Chavdar Djurov, who was killed during the selection process.[3] Aleksandrov was selected as backup to Georgi Ivanov on the Soyuz 33 mission to the Salyut 6 space station. Subsequently, Aleksandrov was assigned to the prime crew of the Soyuz TM-5 mission to the Mir space station.[1][2]

Aleksandrov's space suit

On June 7, 1988, Aleksandrov launched aboard TM-5 as a Research Cosmonaut along with mission commander Anatoly Solovyev and Viktor Savinykh. Upon arriving at Mir, Aleksandrov became the first Bulgarian to reach a Soviet space station, as the Soyuz 33 mission carrying Georgi Ivanov failed to reach the Salyut 6 space station. On June 17, Aleksandrov returned aboard Soyuz TM-4 along with his fellow crew members. He, along with his crew-mates, spent just under 10 days in space.[4]

Aleksandrov later became Deputy Director of the Institute of Space Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.[2]

Currently Aleksandrov works as a research scientist. He is married and has one child.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "Aleksandr Panayatov "Sasha" Aleksandrov". Spacefacts. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Aleksandrov, Aleksandr". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on January 5, 2009. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
  3. ^ Чавдар Джуров (in Russian). Космическая Энциклопедия. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Mir EP-2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on July 4, 2008. Retrieved 23 November 2010.

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