Bulgarian astronaut program

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After discussions in 1964, the Bulgarian cosmonaut program began in 1977 when members of the Bulgarian People's Air Force were trained for space tasks.[1] Georgi Ivanov flew in 1979 on Soyuz 33, which suffered engine failure in orbit. This resulted in a cancellation of the planned docking with Salyut 6 and a high-G re-entry after a little more than one day in space. In 1988 Aleksandr Aleksandrov flew on Soyuz TM-5 to the Mir Space Station, spending ten days in space.[2]


  1. ^ "Bulgaria in space". Sofia Globe. Retrieved 12 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "Bulgaria First Cosmonaut and Near Disaster of Soyuz 33". Blazing Bulgaria. Retrieved 12 December 2017. 

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