Yevgeny Khrunov

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Yevgeni Vassilyevich Khrunov
The Soviet Union 1969 CPA 3724 stamp from sheet Yevgeny Khrunov cropped.jpg
Nationality Soviet
Born (1933-09-10)September 10, 1933
Tula Oblast, USSR
Died May 20, 2000(2000-05-20) (aged 66)
Moscow, Russia
Other occupation
Rank Colonel, Soviet Air Force
Time in space
1d 23h 45m
Selection Air Force Group 1
Missions Soyuz 5, Soyuz 4
Awards Hero of the Soviet Union
Order of Lenin

Yevgeni Vassilyevich Khrunov (Russian: Евге́ний Васи́льевич Хруно́в; September 10, 1933 – May 20, 2000)[1] was a Soviet cosmonaut who flew on the Soyuz 5/Soyuz 4 mission.[2]

Early life[edit]

Yevgeny Khrunov was born on September 10, 1933 to Vasily Yegorevich and Agrafena Nikolayevna. Nicknamed “Zhenya” he had five brothers and two sisters. Khrunov’s family was a farming family. Khrunov married Svetlana Sokolyuk and had a son on July 13, 1959.[3]

He was born in Prudy, Tula Oblast, Russian SFSR.[1]

Education and career[edit]

Khrunov began officially being schooled in 1941. Khrunov was initially interested in pursuing farming in studies. His interest in flying would soon follow after he watched the planes during wartime. Once he graduated from primary school he enrolled at Kashira Agricultural Secondary School on scholarship and would graduate from there in 1952.[3] His teachers regularly spoke highly of him and considered him a hard working student. In 1952 Krhunov was also drafted into the Soviet Army where he would follow his interests in becoming a pilot and apply for pilot school. Khrunov was accepted and continued school in the military at Pavlograd in Ukraine. Khrunov later transferred to the Serov Higher Air Force School in Rostov Oblast, Southwestern Russia.[3] Upon graduation he would receive the ranking of Lieutenant. Khrunov later received another promotion to senior lieutenant on August 6, 1958. The following year Khrunov was interviewed along with Gorbatko in regards to becoming a cosmonaut although they were not expressly told that was what they were being interviewed for. Both Gorbatko and Khrunov were evaluated in medical exams and approved for training to become cosmonauts.[3]


Yevgeni Khrunov was a colonel, Hero of the Soviet Union (January 22, 1969) and Kandidat of Technical Sciences (1971).

He was awarded:

After leaving the space program in 1980 he worked at the 30th Central Scientific Research Institute, Ministry of Defence (Russia), and later he was appointed to the Chief State Committee for foreign economic relations until his retirement in 1989.

He died of a heart attack on May 20, 2000.


  1. ^ a b "Cosmonaut Biography: Yevgeni Khrunov". Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  2. ^ "Хрунов Евгений Васильевич" [Khrunov Yevgeny Vassilyevich]. (in Russian). Retrieved 2015-12-21.
  3. ^ a b c d Hall and Burgess, Collin and Rex (2009). First Soviet Cosmonaut Team: Their Lives, Legacy, and Historical Impact. Praxis Publishing. p. 51. ISBN 978-0-387-84823-5.

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