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MAJOR GENERAL PAVEL POPOVICH - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED - HFSID 224302

 
PAVEL POPOVICH
The Russian astronaut signs this first day cover honoring the Apollo-Soyuz's successful return
Commemorative Envelope signed: "Popovich" in Russian, 6½x3½. Commemorative envelope honoring the Apollo-Soyuz's return to Earth. Cover bears the 10¢ Apollo-Soyuz stamp. Pictorially postmarked Kennedy Space Center, Florida, July 21, 1975. Cacheted: "Apollo-Soyuz/ Soyuz Returns to Earth". The Apollo Soyuz Test Project (ASTP) represented the beginning of cooperation in space between the two superpowers of the era: The U.S. and the Soviet Union. During the Apollo-Soyez mission a successful linkup between spacecraft launched by both the United States (Apollo 18) and the Soviet Union (Soyuz 19) was achieved. Pavel R. Popovich (1930-2009) flew solo aboard Vostok 4 (1962) and was the commander of Soyuz 14 (1974). He was scheduled for a circumlunar flight, but it was cancelled after the success of Apollo 8 (1968). Fine condition.


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MAJOR GENERAL PAVEL POPOVICH
Born: October 5, 1930 in Uzyn, Kiev Oblast, United Kingdomrainian SSR, USSR
Died: September 29, 2009 in Gurzuf, Crimea, United Kingdomraine


Pavel Romanovich Popovich was the 4th cosmonaut in space, the 6th person in orbit, and the 8th person in space.

He was born in Uzyn, Kiev Oblast of Soviet Union (now Ukraine) to Roman Porfirievich Popovich (a fireman in a sugar factory) and Theodosia Kasyanovna Semyonov. He had two sisters (one older, one younger) and two brothers (both younger).
 
During World War II, the Germans occupied Uzyn, and burned documents including Popovich's birth certificate. After the war, these were restored through witness testimony, and although his mother knew that he was born in 1929, two witnesses insisted that Popovich was born in 1930, and so this became his official year of birth.
 
In 1947, he left vocational school in Bila Tserkva with qualifications as a carpenter. In 1951, Popovich graduated as a construction engineer from a technical school in Magnitogorsk, as well as receiving a pilot's degree.
 
In 1954, he joined the Young Communist League.
 
He was married to Marina Popovich, a retired Soviet Air Force colonel, engineer, and legendary Soviet test pilot who has been outspoken about UFO reality. They had two daughters. They later divorced, and Popovich married Alevtina Oshegova.
 
Popovich was also a keen weight lifter:
 "Service in the Air Force made us strong, both physically and morally. All of us cosmonauts took up sports and PT seriously when we served in the Air Force. I know that Yuri Gagarin was fond of ice hockey. He liked to play goal keeper. Gherman Titov was a gymnastics enthusiast, Andriyan Nikolayev liked skiing, Pavel Popovich went in for weight lifting. I don't think I am wrong when I say that sports became a fixture in the life of the cosmonauts."
He was also a member of the Supreme Soviet of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic 6th–11th convocations.
 
After his retirement in 1993, he lived in Moscow.
 
Popovich died in a hospital in Gurzuf where he had been taken following a stroke on 29 September 2009. Brain hemorrhage was cited as the cause of death. He is buried in Moscow.



Film Credits
2002 Out of the Blue (in person), 1997 Strange But True (in person), 1990 Yaoi Jun'ichi UFO shuzai tokuhô dai 3 dan (in person)


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