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Black and white photograph (4x6) of the cosmonaut in his space suit, signed in 1989
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Lolli Wener/[two line sentiment in Russian]/V. Kubasov/3.05.89". B/w, 4x6. Valeri Kubasov (1935-2014) was flight engineer on Soyuz 6 (1969) and Soyuz 19 (1975) and commander of Soyuz 36 (1980), working on the Salyut 6 Space Station, and returning to Earth on Soyuz 35. He was one of the first cosmonauts to train to fly aboard the first space station, Salyut 1, and was destined to fly upon the ill-fated Soyuz 11, but was withdrawn from the crew when it was discovered his right lung was swollen. Kubasov was also one of the first to experiment with welding in space. He retired as a cosmonaut in 1993. Defects from negative reproduced on photo. Corners lightly worn and creased. Pencil notes (unknown hand) on verso. Creased along upper right margin. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: January 7, 1935 in Vyazniki, Vladimir Oblast, USSR
Died: February 19, 2014 in Moscow, Russia

Valeri Nikolayevich Kubasov (born 7 January 1935 in Vyazniki) is a former Soviet cosmonaut who flew on two missions in the Soyuz programme as a flight engineer: Soyuz 6 and Soyuz 19 (the Apollo-Soyuz mission), and commanded Soyuz 36 in the Intercosmos programme. On 21 July 1975, the Soyuz 7K-TM module used for ASTP landed in Kazakhstan at 5:51 p.m. and Kubasov was the first to exit the craft.
He was also involved in the development of the Mir space station. He retired from the Soviet space program in March 1993. He was later deputy director of RKK Energia.
Kubasov seems to have cheated death twice during his space career. He was part of the crew that was originally intended to fly Soyuz 2, which was found to have the same faulty parachute sensor that resulted in Vladimir Komarov's death on Soyuz 1 and was later launched without a crew. Later, he was grounded for medical reasons before the Soyuz 11 flight, which killed the crew when the capsule was accidentally depressurised by a faulty valve.

Film Credits
1998 Cold War (in person), 1980 Target... Earth (Other)

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