Yevgeny Vasilyevich Khrunov
|Died||May 19, 2000 (aged 66)|
|Awards||Hero of the Soviet Union|
Order of Lenin
|Rank||Colonel, Soviet Air Force|
Time in space
|1d 23h 45m|
|Selection||Air Force Group 1|
|Missions||Soyuz 5, Soyuz 4|
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.
Education and career
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. 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. 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.
He was awarded:
- Hero of the Soviet Union
- Pilot-Cosmonaut of the USSR
- Order of Lenin
- Order of the Red Star
- Jubilee Medal "In Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary since the Birth of Vladimir Il'ich Lenin"
- Jubilee Medal "Twenty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945"
- Jubilee Medal "40 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
- Jubilee Medal "50 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
- Jubilee Medal "60 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
- Medals "For Impeccable Service" 1st, 2nd and 3rd classes
- Jubilee Medal "50 Years of the Soviet Militia"
- Medal "For Strengthening Military Cooperation"
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 19, 2000.
- "Cosmonaut Biography: Yevgeni Khrunov". www.spacefacts.de. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
- "Хрунов Евгений Васильевич" [Khrunov Yevgeny Vassilyevich]. www.warheroes.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2015-12-21.
- 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.
- Media related to Yevgeny Khrunov at Wikimedia Commons
- The official website of the city administration Baikonur - Honorary citizens of Baikonur