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|MAJOR GENERAL KONSTANTIN P. FEOKTISTOV|
Born: February 7, 1926 in Voronezh, Soviet Union
Died: November 21, 2009 in Kemerovo Oblast, USSR
Konstantin Petrovich Feoktistov (7 February 1926 – 21 November 2009) was a
Soviet cosmonaut and an eminent space engineer. Feoktistov also wrote several
books on space technology and exploration. The Feoktistov crater on the Far Side
of the Moon is named in his honor.
In 1964, Feoktistov was selected as part of a group of engineers for
cosmonaut training, and in October of that very same year, he was hastily
assigned to the multi-disciplinary Voskhod 1 crew. He was the first civilian to
make a space flight, and the only cosmonaut in the Soviet Union who was not a
member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. During his space flight, he
spent just over 24 hours and 17 minutes in space.
After the flight
of Voskhod 1, Feoktistov's training for any further space mission was
discontinued for medical reasons. However, Feoktistov continued his outer space
engineering work, and he later became the head of the Soviet space design bureau
that designed the Salyut and Mir space stations.