Leonid Kizim

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Leonid Denisovich Kizim
Кизим Леонид Денисович.jpg
Nationality Soviet
Born (1941-08-05)August 5, 1941
Krasnyi Lyman, Donetsk Oblast, Soviet Union (now Lyman, Ukraine)
Died June 14, 2010(2010-06-14) (aged 68)[1]
Moscow, Russia
Other occupation
Rank Colonel General, Soviet Air Force
Time in space
374d 17h 56m
Selection Air Force Group 3
Missions Soyuz T-3, Soyuz T-10, Soyuz T-15

Hero of the Soviet Union Hero of the Soviet Union

Leonid Denisovich Kizim (Кизим Леонид Денисович) (August 5, 1941 – June 14, 2010) was a Soviet cosmonaut.

Kizim was born in Krasnyi Lyman, Donetsk Oblast, Soviet Union (now Lyman, Ukraine).[2] He graduated from Higher Air Force School in 1975; and served as a test pilot in the Soviet Air Force. He was selected as a cosmonaut on October 23, 1965. Kizim flew as Commander on Soyuz T-3, Soyuz T-10 and Soyuz T-15, and also served as backup commander for Soyuz T-2. All together he spent 374 days 17 hours 56 minutes in space. On Soyuz T-15, he was part of the only crew to visit two space stations on one spaceflight (Mir and Salyut 7). He later served as Deputy Director Satellite Control-Center of the Russian Ministry of Defense; after May 1995 he was Director of the Military Engineering Academy of Aeronautics and Astronautics in St. Petersburg.

He retired on June 13, 1987, and died on June 14, 2010.[1] Leonid Kizim was married with two children.

He was awarded:

Foreign awards:

  • Order of Sukhbaatar (Mongolia);
  • Medal "30 Years of Victory over Japan's Militarists" (Mongolia);
  • Medal "60 Years of the Mongolian People's Revolution";
  • Knight of the Legion of Honour (France);
  • Kirti Chakra (India);
  • Order of Merit (Ukraine).


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