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|Other names||Roman Yurievich Romanenko|
|Rank||Major, Russian Air Force|
Time in space
|333 days, 11 hours, 01 minute|
|Selection||1997 TsPK Cosmonaut Group|
|Missions||Soyuz TMA-15 (Expedition 20/21), Soyuz TMA-07M (Expedition 34/35)|
Romanenko was born in Shchyolkovo, near Moscow. His parents, Yuri Victorovich Romanenko and Aleftina Ivanovna Romanenko, live in Star City. He is married to Yulia Leonidovna Romanenko (Danilovskaya). They have one son. His hobbies include underwater hunting, tennis, car repairs, tourism, yachting, volleyball and music.
After graduation from Star City high school in 1986, Romanenko entered the Leningrad Suvorov military school, from which he graduated in 1988. In 1988, he entered the Chernigov High Air Force School for pilots, from which he graduated in 1992 as a pilot-engineer.
Following graduation from pilot school Romanenko served as a second commander in the Air Force. He flew L-39 and Tu-134 aircraft. Romanenko has logged over 500 hours of flight time. He is a Class 3 Air Force pilot.
On May 6, 2010, Romanenko was awarded the Hero of the Russian Federation medal by the decree of the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. He was also awarded the honorary title Pilot-Cosmonaut of the Russian Federation.
Romanenko was selected as a cosmonaut candidate at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center Cosmonaut Office in December 1997. From January 1998 to November 1999 he undertook his basic training course. In November 1999 he was qualified as a Test Cosmonaut.
On May 27, 2009, Romanenko was launched into space as the commander of the Soyuz TMA-15 spacecraft from Site 1/5 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. He was part of the Expedition 20 and Expedition 21 crews and was the third second-generation space traveller after Sergey Volkov and Richard Garriott. Romanenko served as a Flight Engineer aboard the ISS during the two long duration missions.
- "Dmitry Medvedev presented state decorations in the Kremlin". May 6, 2010. Retrieved May 14, 2010.[dead link]
- Russian Federal Space Agency (April 12, 2010). "Russian Cosmonaut Roman Romanenko was Awarded the Hero of Russia and the Cosmonaut Pilot Statuses by the Decree of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev". Retrieved May 14, 2010.
- ESA (2008). "Frank De Winne prepares for new mission". ESA. Archived from the original on June 3, 2009. Retrieved November 3, 2008.
- "Cosmonaut becomes oldest spacewalker". Retrieved April 30, 2013.
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