Born: April 29, 1953 in Kirya, Chuvashia, Russia
NIKOLAI MIKHAILOVICH BUDARIN
TEST COSMONAUT OF THE RSC ENERGIA
PERSONAL DATA: Born April 29, 1953, in Kirya, Chuvashia (Russia).
Married to Marina Lvovna Budarina (nee Sidorenko). There are two sons in the
family, Dmitry and Vladislav. His hobbies include fishing, skiing, picking
mushrooms. His father, Mikhail Romanovich Budarin, died in 1984. His mother,
Alexandra Mikhailovna Budarina, died in 1986.
EDUCATION: Graduated from the S.Ordzhonikidze Moscow Aviation
Institute in 1979 with a mechanical engineering diploma.
SPECIAL HONORS: Awarded the titles of Hero of Russia, and a
Pilot-Cosmonaut of the Russian Federation.
EXPERIENCE: Since 1976 Budarin has occupied the positions of
engineer and leading engineer at the RSC ENERGIA. In February 1989 he was
enrolled in the ENERGIA cosmonaut detachment as a candidate test cosmonaut.
From September 1989 to January 1991, he underwent a complete basic space
training course at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center and passed a State
examination. Budarin is qualified as a Test Cosmonaut.
From February 1991 to December 1993, he took an advanced training course for
the Soyuz-TM transport vehicle and the Mir Station flight.
From June 27 to September 11, 1995, Budarin participated in a space mission
as a board engineer of the 19th long-term expedition launched by the
Space Shuttle and landed by the Soyuz TM-21 transport vehicle.
From January 28 to August 25, 1998, he participated in a space mission as a
board engineer of the 25th long-term expedition aboard the Mir
From Nov. 23, 2002 to May 3, 2003, Budarin logged over 161 days in space as
Expedition-6 Flight Engineer aboard the International Space Station. The
Expedition-6 crew launched on STS-113 Space Shuttle Endeavour and
returned to Earth on Soyuz TMA-1.
COLONEL ANATOLY SOLOVYEV
Born: January 16, 1948 in Riga, Russia
Anatoly Yakovlevich Solovyev
Pilot-Cosmonaut, Colonel. Resides in Star
BIRTHPLACE AND DATE: Born January 16, 1948, in Riga.
PARENTS: Yakov Mikhailovich Solovyev, father, deceased in 1980.
Antonia Pavlovna Soloveva, mother, resides in Riga.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Brown hair, blue eyes; 5 feet 5 inches; 179
EDUCATION: Graduated from the Lenin Komsomol Chernigov Higher
Military Aviation School in 1972.
MARITAL STATUS: Married to Natalya Vasilyevna Solovyeva (nee
CHILDREN: Two sons, Gennady in 1975, and Illya in 1980.
HONORS: Awarded the Order of Lenin and the "Gold Star" medal, the
Order of the October Revolution, the Order of the Friendship of Peoples, and six
Armed Forces medals.
EXPERIENCE: Anatoly Yakovlevich Solovyev served from 1972 to 1976 as
a senior pilot and group commander in the Far Eastern Military District. Since
August 1976, he has been a student-cosmonaut at the Yuri A. Gagarin Cosmonaut
Training Center. In January 1979, he completed general space training. He is a
test pilot third class and a test cosmonaut. From 1979 to 1984, he underwent
training for a flight aboard the Soyuz-T transport vehicle and the Salyut-7 and
Mir orbital stations as part of a group. In 1981, he was made part of a stand-by
crew as a commander of a primary expedition. In 1987, he was the commander of a
back-up Soviet-Sylian crew for an expedition that visited the Mir Station. His
first flight in 1988, lasted 9 days and was performed as part of an
international Soviet-Bulgalian crew comprised of A.Y. Solovyev, B.P. Savinykh.
and A. Aleksandrov, of Bulgaria. From February 11 to August 9, 1990, Colonel
Solovyev accomplished a long-duration (179-day) flight aboard th At present, he
is the commander of the back-up Russian crew of the Mir-18 expedition on the
Soyuz-TM-21 spacecraft as part of the Mir-Shuttle program.