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MAJOR GENERAL VALERI BYKOVSKY - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: COLONEL ALEXANDER VIKTORENKO - HFSID 258952

 
COSMONAUTS: VALERY BYKOVSKY and ALEXANDR VIKTORENKO. Commemorative Envelope signed: "V. Bykovsky" and "A. Viktorenko" in Russian, 6½x4½. Pair of East German stamps commemorating the 40th anniversary of the end of Facsism (1945-1985) affixed, pictorially postmarked August 26, 1988, the 10th anniversary of the first joint Soviet-East German space flight. In 1963, VALERY BYKOVSKY flew aboard Vostok 5. The mission holds the record for the longest ever flown (five days) by a single astronaut. In 1976, Bykovsky commanded Soyuz 22. The crew spent 21 days in space. In 1978, Sigmund Jaehn became the first East German in space when he and Bykovsky spent a week aboard Salyut 6 performing experiments. In 1987, ALEXANDR VIKTORENKO flew aboard Soyuz TM-3. The crew visited the Mir space station for eight days. Viktorenko made his second space flight commanding Soyuz TM-8 in 1988. It docked with the Mir space station, where Viktorenko stayed for six months. He performed five space walks during this mission. In 1992, Viktorenko flew aboard Mir again for five months. Fine condition.
 


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MAJOR GENERAL VALERI BYKOVSKY
Born: August 2, 1934 in Pavlovsky Posad, Soviet Union

Valery Fyodorovich Bykovsky was born 2 August 1934, Pavlovsky Posad. He is a retired Soviet cosmonaut who flew three manned space mission space flights: Vostok 5, Soyuz 22, and Soyuz 31. He was also backup for Vostok 3 and Soyuz 37.

Bykovsky set a space endurance record when he spent five days in orbit aboard Vostok 5 in 1963. Although this flight duration has long since been surpassed by crews of more than one person, to this day it remains the endurance record for a solo spaceflight.
 
Bykovsky was to have commanded the original Soyuz 2 mission, which was cancelled due to problems with Soyuz 1. After the parachutes failed on that mission, killing Vladimir Komarov, the same problem was found with the Soyuz 2 capsule, which meant if the mission had flown, Bykovsky and his crew would also have been killed.
 
Many of his later years in the space programme were involved with promoting the Intercosmos programme amongst the world's Socialist nations. He retired in 1988 and then spent three years as the Director of the House of Soviet Science and Culture in Berlin.




COLONEL ALEXANDER VIKTORENKO
Born: March 29, 1947 in Olginka, Khazakstan

Aleksandr Stepanovich Viktorenko is a Soviet cosmonaut. He was born in Olginka, North-Kazakhstan Oblast, Kazakh SSR on March 29, 1947. He is married with two children.
 
He was selected as a cosmonaut on March 23, 1978, and retired on May 30, 1997. During his active career he had been Commander of Soyuz TM-3, Soyuz TM-8, Soyuz TM-14 and Soyuz TM-20. He has spent a total of 489 days in space.




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