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Mission to Mir, 1999 Left - A. Kaleri, right - Zaletin (mission commander)

Born in 1956, Alexander Kaleri (alternative transliteration: Kalery) graduated from MIPT' Department of Aeromechanics and Flying Machines in 1979. He worked in the Space Corporation Energia since then.

He became a member of the Energia's Cosmonaut Division in 1985 and flew to space seven years later. Kaleri's first mission on board of Mir lasted 146-day from March 17 to August 10, 1992. He made one space walk.

His second Mir mission lasted from August 17, 1996 to March 2, 1997 when he was a flight engineer of the 22nd Mir's crew. Kaleri participated in the Russian-French space research project Cassiopeia during that mission and made two space walks.

Kaleri (on the photo left) is flying his third mission to Mir right now with mission commander Zaletin (on the photo right.)

He is married with four-year old son Oleg. Alexander likes jogging. His hobbies are literature and growing flowers.


Born on June 12, 1949 in Moscow, Baturin graduated from MIPT's Department of Aeromechanics and Flying Machines in 1973. His specialty was Flight Dynamics and Control. He did not stop studying, however. In 1981 Baturin received a Doctor of Law Degree from Moscow State University.

Here is an outline of his working career: 1973 - 1980 Space Corporation Energia. 1980 - 1991 State and Law Institute, USSR Academy of Sciences. 1991 - 1993 Consultant at weekly TV program. 1993 - 1997 Advisor on National Security and Law to the Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Secretary of Russian Defense Council. 1996 - 1998 Member of the State Defense Council. Since 1998 Member of Cosmonaut Division at Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center.

Yuri Baturin flew to the space as a researcher-cosmonaut for 26th primary expedition to Mir. After that he turned to teaching of students. He holds professorships at Moscow State University and MIPT and pursues his interests in political science.

Awards/Honors: Prize of USSR Journalist Union, 1991 for the development of the USSR Law "On press and other mass media" adopted on June 12, 1990. Prize for "Outstanding contribution to the development of mass media", 1997. State Counselor of the 1st category.

Interests: books, mountains.

Yuri Baturin is divorced and lives in Moscow with his daughter Alexandra.

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