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The cosmonaut's signature in green ink on this 5¾x4 post card.
Signature: "Anatoly Solovyev", in blue ink, 5¾x4. Cosmonaut Anatoly Solovyev (b. 1948) was a senior pilot and group commander in the Soviet Air Force before entering the cosmonaut program in 1976. After serving on the backup crew for several Soyuz and Mir missions, he spent 179 days in space aboard the Mir space station. Solovyev holds the international record for most space walks (16) and most time spent in extra-vehicular activity (82 hours). Fine condition.

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Born: January 16, 1948 in Riga, Russia

Anatoly Yakovlevich Solovyev
Pilot-Cosmonaut, Colonel. Resides in Star City.

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 pounds.

EDUCATION: Graduated from the Lenin Komsomol Chernigov Higher Military Aviation School in 1972.

MARITAL STATUS: Married to Natalya Vasilyevna Solovyeva (nee Katyshevtseva).

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.

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