Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Volkov
Who is Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Volkov?
At the age of 13, Volkov witnessed Yuri Gagarin become the first man in space and this inspired him to become a cosmonaut. He joined the Soviet space programme and became a test pilot before realising his dream.
The Soviet Union broke up in 1991. At the time Volkov was orbiting Earth on Mir with Sergei K. Krikalev, "the last citizens of the USSR". Having gone into orbit as Soviet citizens, they returned to Earth as Russian citizens.
Aleksandr Volkov was awarded:
the title Pilot-Cosmonaut of the USSR;
Order of Lenin;
Order of the October Revolution;
Order of Friendship of Peoples;
Officer of the Legion of Honour;
Order of Merit 3rd class.
He worked as Commander of the Cosmonaut Team at the Cosmonauts Training Centre from January 1991 until August 1998. His work was to prepare Russian and foreign cosmonauts for future flights to space stations to Mir and the International Space Station.
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