Colonel Yuri Malenchenko

Engineer, Expedition 7 Commander,

First Person to be Married in Outer Space

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Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
: Born Dec. 22, 1961, in Svetlovodsk, Kirovograd Region, Ukraine. He has one son, Dmitri. His mother, Nina Ivanovna, father, Ivan Karpovich, and brother, Sergei Ivanovich live in Svetlovodsk.EDUCATION: Graduated from Svetlovodsk public schools. In 1983, he graduated from S.I. Gritsevets Kharkov Higher Military Aviation School with a pilot-engineer’s diploma. In 1993, he graduated from the Zhukovsky Air Force Engineering Academy.HONORS: Awarded the Hero of the Russian Federation medal, and the National Hero of Kazakhstan medal.EXPERIENCE: After graduating from Military Aviation School, he served as pilot, senior pilot, and multi-ship flight lead. In 1987, he was assigned to the Cosmonaut Training Center. From December, 1987 to June 1989, he underwent a course of general space training. Since September, he has continued training as a member of a group of test cosmonauts. He was the Commander of the back-up crew for Mir 15. From July 1 to November 4, 1994, he served as Commander of Mir 16 with Musabayev, Polyakov, Kondakova, Victorenko, and Ulf Merbold. During this flight , he controlled the first manual docking of Progress. Most recently, he served on the crew of STS-106 (September 8-20, 2000). The STS-106 crew successfully prepared the International Space Station for the arrival of the first permanent crew. The five astronauts and two cosmonauts delivered more than 6,600 pounds of supplies and installed batteries, power converters, a toilet and a treadmill on the Space Station. Yuri Malenchenko and Ed Lu performed a 6 hour and 14 minute space walk in order to connect power, data and communications cables to the newly arrived Zvezda Service Module and the Space Station. In completing his second space flight, Yuri Malenchenko has logged over 137 days in space, including 3 EVA’s totaling over 18 hours.Assigned as Expedition-7 Commander, Yuri Malenchenko is currently aboard the International Space Station. The two person crew launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on April 25, 2003 aboard Soyuz TMA-2 and docked with the ISS on April 28, 2003. Following a week of joint operations and handover briefings, they will replace the Expedition-6 crew scheduled to return to earth on May 3 aboard the Soyuz TMA-1 spacecraft.

APRIL 2003

Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer Ed Lu