Leonid Ivanovich Popov
|Nationality||Soviet / Ukrainian|
|Awards||Hero of the Soviet Union (2)|
|Rank||Major General, Soviet Air Force|
Time in space
|200d 14h 45m|
|Selection||Air Force Group 5|
|Missions||Soyuz 35/Soyuz 37, Soyuz 40, Soyuz T-7/Soyuz T-5|
Popov was born in Oleksandriia, Kirovohrad Oblast, Ukrainian SSR. He was selected as a cosmonaut on April 27, 1970, and flew as Commander on Soyuz 35, Soyuz 40 and Soyuz T-7, logging 200 days, 14 hours, and 45 minutes in space before his retirement on June 13, 1987. Popov is married and has two children.
He was awarded:
- Twice Hero of the Soviet Union;
- Three Orders of Lenin;
- Medal "For Merit in Space Exploration" (Russian Federation);
- Pilot-Cosmonaut of the USSR;
- Honoured Master of Sport.
- Hero of the Socialist Republic of Romania;
- Hero of the Republic of Cuba
- Hero of Socialist Labour (Vietnam);
- Order of Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam) .