Vitaly Sevastyanov

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Vitaly Ivanovich Sevastyanov
Nationality Soviet
Born (1935-07-08)8 July 1935
Soviet Union
Died 5 April 2010(2010-04-05) (aged 74)
Moscow, Russia
Other occupation
Time in space
80d 16h 18m
Selection Civilian Specialist Group 3
Missions Soyuz 9, Soyuz 18
Mission insignia
Soyuz 9 patch logo.svg Soyuz 18 mission patch logo.svg
Awards Hero of the Soviet Union (2)

Vitaly Ivanovich Sevastyanov (Russian: Вита́лий Ива́нович Севастья́нов; 8 July 1935 – 5 April 2010) was a Soviet cosmonaut who flew on the Soyuz 9 and Soyuz 18 missions.

He trained as an engineer at the Moscow Aviation Institute and after graduation in 1959, joined Sergey Korolev's design bureau, where he worked on the design of the Vostok spacecraft. He also lectured at the Cosmonaut Training Centre, teaching the physics of spaceflight. In 1967 he commenced cosmonaut training himself. Between 15-24 September 1972 Vitaly Sevastyanov visited Zagreb, Jugoslavia.

After two successful missions, including a two-month stay on the Salyut 4 space station, he was pulled from active flight status in 1976. He worked in ground control for the Salyut 6 station before returning to spacecraft design in the 1980s to work on the Buran project.[1]

He was president of the Soviet Union Chess Federation from 1977 to 1986 and from 1988 to 1989.

During the 1980s he was the host of a popular television program on space exploration entitled Man, Earth, Universe.

In 1993, he left the space programme and was elected to the State Duma in 1994.

Sevastyanov, along with Alexey Leonov, Rusty Schweickart and Georgi Grechko established the Association of Space Explorers in 1984. Membership is open to all people who have flown in outer space.

He was awarded:


Sevastyanov died in Moscow on 5 April 2010,[2] aged 74.


  1. Cosmonauts Retrieved 19 March 2010.[dead link]
  2. "Cosmonaut Sevastyanov dies". 6 April 2010. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>