Andriyan Grigoryevich Nikolayev was a Soviet cosmonaut.
13 Facts About Andriyan Nikolayev
Andrian Grigoryevich Nikolayev was born on September 5,1929, in Sorseli, a village in the Chuvash region of the Volga River valley, and spent his time growing up on a collective farm.
Andriyan Nikolayev supported his family following the death of his father in 1944, however this was not preferred by his mother, who preferred that he earn an education.
Andriyan Nikolayev later entered medical school before he joined the Soviet army.
Andriyan Nikolayev's calm made him a fair candidate for becoming a cosmonaut.
Andriyan Nikolayev flew on two space flights: Vostok 3 and Soyuz 9.
Andriyan Nikolayev's call sign in these flights was Falcon.
Andriyan Nikolayev served as backup for the Vostok 2 and Soyuz 8 missions.
On 22 January 1969, Andriyan Nikolayev survived an assassination attempt on Leonid Brezhnev, undertaken by a Soviet Army deserter, Viktor Ilyin.
Andriyan Nikolayev left the cosmonaut corps on 26 January 1982.
Andriyan Nikolayev was the first person to make a television broadcast from space, in August 1962.
In 2004, Andriyan Nikolayev died of a heart attack in Cheboksary, the capital of Chuvashia in Russia.
Gherman Titov was a gymnastics enthusiast, Andriyan Nikolayev liked skiing, Pavel Popovich went in for weight lifting.