In 2019, Vyazniki (Vladimir region, Russian Federation) celebrates a great anniversary – the 50th anniversary of the first space flight of Valery Kubasov. The memorial day will come in October, but already now fellow countrymen twice Hero of the Soviet Union are thinking about how to make it as bright and productive as possible.
Valery Nikolayevich, who died at the age of 79 in 2014, did not lose contact with his hometown until his last days, for which he won additional respect there. During his lifetime, he became a real legend, in Vyazniki, the memory of this man is carefully preserved and honored.
Becoming a graduate of the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI) and being a very young man, in the 1950s Kubasov took part in the design of a space vessel intended for flight to the Red Planet. In this work, the head was the notorious Mikhail Tikhonravov, who was also born in Vyazniki. In 1964, he was on the list of applicants for the flight on the first three-seater spacecraft "Sunrise", but was not selected.
In May 1966, the great Vyazniker nevertheless achieved his goal, and he was taken to a group of test astronaut candidates, and in October 69th he took his first flight into space. He spent 4 days and 22 hours in orbit. As part of the flight, the astronaut performed the first ever welding work right in space.
From April 27 to May 27, 1971, Kubasov was trained as a flight engineer of the Soyuz-11 spacecraft for a flight to the world's first Salyut-1 orbital station. In the summer of that year, during a medical examination, a certain darkening was found in his lungs. As a result, not only he, but also the entire crew, was suspended from the flight. Thus, a backup team went to the expedition, who died during the return to Earth. Later it turned out that the education in Valeriy Nikolayevich’s lungs is a mild form of allergy to one of the flowering plants. So it turns out that, ironically, this very allergy has saved the life of an astronaut.
In the summer of 1975, Kubasov set off for a second space flight aboard the Soyuz-19 spacecraft together with Alexei Leonov. It was the first in the history of international space flight, the duration of which was 5 days 22 hours 30 minutes. In the 80th year, he became the commander of the Soyuz-36 together with Bertalan Farkash under the program of visiting the Salyut-6 orbital station. Duration was 7 days 20 hours 45 minutes. In total, he spent 18 days 17 hours 57 minutes in space.
After his dismissal from the cosmonaut corps in 1993, Valery Kubasov became deputy head of the 5th division of the head design bureau of the Scientific and Production Association Energia. Four years later, he was appointed Research Consultant at RSC Energia.
He died on February 19, 2014 as a result of a stroke. He was buried on February 22 at the Troyekurovsky cemetery in Moscow.
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