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|Yury Petrovich Artyukhin|
June 22, 1930|
Pershutino, Moscow Oblast, Russia
|Died||August 4, 1998
Zvyozdny Gorodok, Russia
|Rank||Colonel, Soviet Air Force|
Time in space
|15d 17h 30m|
|Selection||Air Force Group 2|
Artyukhin graduated from the Soviet Air Force Institute with a doctorate in engineering, specialising in military communication systems. He was selected for the space programme in 1963 and would have flown on the Voskhod 3 mission had it not been cancelled. He made his single flight on Soyuz 14 in 1974, where his area of expertise was presumably put to good use.
He left the space programme in 1982 and held various positions in space-related fields. Most notably, he was involved in the development of the Soviet space shuttle Buran and in cosmonaut training.
He died of cancer on August 4, 1998.
He was awarded:
- Hero of the Soviet Union
- Pilot-Cosmonaut of the USSR
- Order of Lenin
- Order of the Red Star
- Medal "For Distinction in Guarding the State Border of the USSR"
- Jan Krasicki Cross (Poland)