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Vladimir Lyakhov

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Vladimir Lyakhov
Lyakhov in 1979
Vladimir Afanasyevich Lyakhov

(1941-07-20)20 July 1941
Died19 April 2018(2018-04-19) (aged 76)
Astrakhan, Russia
AwardsHero of the Soviet Union
Space career
RankColonel, Soviet Air Force
Time in space
333d 07h 47m
SelectionAir Force Group 4
MissionsSoyuz 32/Soyuz 34, Soyuz T-9, Mir EP-3 (Soyuz TM-6/Soyuz TM-5)

Vladimir Afanasyevich Lyakhov (Ukrainian: Володимир Афана́сійович Ляхов; Russian: Влади́мир Афана́сьевич Ля́хов) (20 July 1941 – 19 April 2018) was a Ukrainian Soviet cosmonaut.[1]

He was selected as cosmonaut on 5 May 1967, and retired on 7 September 1994. Lyakhov was the Commander on Soyuz 32, Soyuz T-9, and Soyuz TM-6, and spent 333 days, 7 hours, 47 minutes in space. He was married and had two children.[1]

Lyakhov's flight to Salyut-6 with Valeri Ryumin as the Soyuz 32 crew resulted in setting a space endurance record of 175 days when they returned to Earth on 19 August 1979.[2]

Lyakhov conducted three spacewalks for a cumulative total of 7 hours and 8 minutes with one outside of Salyut 6 and two outside of Salyut 7.[3]

Lyakhov was deputy director for cosmonaut training and deputy commander of the cosmonaut corps at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. He retired in 1994. He was twice awarded the Order of Lenin and was twice named a Hero of the Soviet Union.[3] He was also named a Hero of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan and awarded with the Order of the Saur Revolution and Order of The Sun of Freedom.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Lyakhov, Vladimir Afanasiyevich biopgraphy". astronautix.com. Archived from the original on 31 January 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2023.
  2. ^ "Soyuz 32". spacefacts.de. Retrieved 9 May 2023.
  3. ^ a b "Vladimir Lyakhov, cosmonaut who flew to three space stations, dies". collectspace.com. 20 April 2018. Retrieved 9 May 2023.
  4. ^ Симонов А. "Ляхов Владимир Афанасьевич". Герои страны. Archived from the original on 13 January 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2019.

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