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Colonel Anatoly Solovyev Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: January 16, 1948 in Riga, Russia
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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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