18 Facts About Anatoly Solovyev


Anatoly Yakovlevich Solovyev is a retired Russian and Soviet cosmonaut and pilot.

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Anatoly Solovyev holds the world record on the number of spacewalks performed, and accumulated time spent spacewalking .

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Anatoly Solovyev completed two years of evening school and in 1967, enrolled at the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics of the State University of Latvia.

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Anatoly Solovyev enrolled as a cadet in the Chernigov Higher Military School of Pilots in 1968.

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Anatoly Solovyev graduated from the Lenin Komsomol Chernigov Higher Military Aviation School in 1972, having flown the L-29, MiG-15UTI and MiG-21.

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Anatoly Solovyev was selected for Cosmonaut training 23 August 1976 as a member of TsPK-6.

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Anatoly Solovyev was commander for the 9-day Mir EP-2 visiting crew June 1988 launched aboard Soyuz TM-5 and returned aboard Soyuz TM-4.

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Anatoly Solovyev's crew were Viktor Savinykh and Aleksandr Aleksandrov .

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Anatoly Solovyev thus became the 65th Soviet Cosmonaut with the personal callsign "Spring".

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Anatoly Solovyev then served as the back up commander for Soyuz TM-8.

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Anatoly Solovyev served as reserve crew commander with Andrei Zaytsev for Mir EO-10 but the crew was disbanded after flight programme changes.

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Anatoly Solovyev served as back up commander of Mir EO-18, and then as commander of Mir EO-19 with Nikolai Budarin.

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Anatoly Solovyev was replaced by David Wolf and then Andrew Thomas who remained to join EO-25.

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Anatoly Solovyev's first EVA on 22 August 1997 was an unusual "internal spacewalk" to connect power and survey damage to the depressurised Spektr module.

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Anatoly Solovyev performed six more EVAs to set a world record total of 16, with a world record combined duration of 82 hours 21 minutes.

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Anatoly Solovyev was tapped to be on the crew of the first expedition to occupy the International Space Station.

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Anatoly Solovyev left the Cosmonaut Detachment in 1999 having reached compulsory retirement age and became the president of "For the Good of the Fatherland", a national organisation recognising the work of Russians devoted to cultural and social development.

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Anatoly Solovyev's parents are Yakov Mikhailovich Anatoly Solovyev, deceased in 1980 and Antonia Pavlovna Soloveva, who resides in Riga.

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