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Vladimir Kovalyonok

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Vladimir Vasilyevich Kovalyonok
Cosmonaut Vladimir Kovalyonok in Vologda
Born (1942-03-03) 3 March 1942 (age 82)
AwardsHero of the Soviet Union (twice)
Space career
RankColonel General, Soviet Air Force
Time in space
216d 09h 08m
SelectionAir Force Group 4
MissionsSoyuz 25, Soyuz 29/Soyuz 31, Soyuz T-4

Vladimir Vasiliyevich Kovalyonok (Belarusian: Уладзі́мір Васі́льевіч Кавалёнак; Russian: Влади́мир Васи́льевич Ковалёнок; born 3 March 1942) is a retired Soviet cosmonaut.

He entered the Soviet space programme on July 5, 1967, and was commander of three missions. Together with Aleksandr Ivanchenkov he flew the long-endurance mission EO-2 which set a new record of 139 days in space. He retired from the cosmonaut team on June 23, 1984.

From 1990 to 1992 he was a Director of the 30th Central Scientific Research Institute, Ministry of Defence (Russia).


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Cosmonauts Vladimir Kovalyonok (left) and Viktor Savinykh (right) on a 1981 stamp of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics