Leonid Popov

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Leonid Ivanovich Popov
USSR Stamp 1981 Salyut6 Cosmonauts.jpg
Leonid Popov and Valery Ryumin in USSR postage stamp, 1981
NationalitySoviet / Ukrainian
Born (1945-08-31) August 31, 1945 (age 73)
Oleksandriia, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
Other occupation
RankMajor General, Soviet Air Force
Time in space
200d 14h 45m
SelectionAir Force Group 5
MissionsSoyuz 35/Soyuz 37, Soyuz 40, Soyuz T-7/Soyuz T-5
AwardsHero of the Soviet Union (2)

Leonid Ivanovich Popov (Russian: Леони́д Ива́нович Попо́в; born August 31, 1945) is a former Soviet cosmonaut.


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.[1] Popov is married with two children.

Leonid Popov and Dumitru Prunariu with Leonid Brezhnev in 1981

He was awarded:

Foreign awards:

  • Hero of the Socialist Republic of Romania;
  • Hero of the Republic of Cuba
  • Hero of Socialist Labour (Vietnam);
  • Order of Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam) .