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Viktor Savinykh

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Viktor Savinykh
Виктор Савиных
Savinykh in 2016
Born (1940-03-07) 7 March 1940 (age 84)
NationalitySoviet / Russian
OccupationFlight engineer
AwardsHero of the Soviet Union (twice)
Order "For Merit to the Fatherland"
Space career
Time in space
196d 16h 59m
Selection1978 Intercosmos Group
MissionsSoyuz T-4, Soyuz T-13 / Soyuz T-14, Mir EP-2 (Soyuz TM-5 / Soyuz TM-4)

Viktor Petrovich Savinykh (born 7 March 1940) is a Soviet cosmonaut, scientist, and organizer of personnel training in the higher education system. Selected as a cosmonaut on 1 December 1978, he flew as Flight Engineer on Soyuz T-4, Soyuz T-13 and Soyuz TM-5, and has spent 252 days 17 hours 38 minutes in space. Savinykh retired on 9 February 1989.

Savinykh was born in Beryozkiny, Kirov Oblast, Russian SFSR on 7 March 1940. He is married with one child. In 1989-2007 he was the rector, and since 2007 the president, of the Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography.

Viktor Savinykh is the author of the book Notes from a Dead Station (Савиных В. П. Записки с мертвой станции. — М.: ИД «Системы Алиса», 1999. - 88 c.) (ISBN 5-901135-01-6). (The book is dedicated to the restoration of control in 1985 over the Salyut 7 space orbital station).

In March 2011, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Kirov Oblast of the fifth convocation in a single constituency from the United Russia party.

Honours and awards

1st class (27 February 2020)
2nd class (6 March 2000) - for outstanding achievements in scientific research and a great contribution to the preparation of highly qualified personnel
3rd class (11 November 1994) - a great service to the people associated with the development of Russian statehood, the achievements in labor, science, culture, arts, strengthening friendship and cooperation between peoples
4th class (12 December 2010) - for services to education, science and a great contribution to the training of qualified specialists

Honorary citizen of Kaluga, Perm, Kirov, Dzhezkazgan (Kazakhstan), Ulaanbaatar, Darkhan (Mongolia).

In 2005, minor planet 6890 was named after Savinykh.