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Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Serebrov (Russian: Алекса́ндр Алекса́ндрович Серебро́в, February 15, 1944 – November 12, 2013) was a Soviet cosmonaut. He graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (1967), and was selected as a cosmonaut on December 1, 1978. He retired on May 10, 1995.[1] He was married and had one child.

Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Serebrov
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Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Serebrov (A.A. Серебров) on the right, behind Svetlana Savitskaya
Born(1944-02-15)February 15, 1944
DiedNovember 12, 2013(2013-11-12) (aged 69)
Moscow, Russia
NationalitySoviet / Russian
OccupationFlight engineer
Space career
Time in space
372d 22h 52m
Selection1978 Intercosmos Group
MissionsSoyuz T-7/Soyuz T-5, Soyuz T-8, Soyuz TM-8, Soyuz TM-17

He flew on Soyuz T-7, Soyuz T-8, Soyuz TM-8 and Soyuz TM-17.[2][1] He was one of very few cosmonauts to fly for both the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation that followed it. He held the record for most spacewalks, 10, until Anatoly Solovyev surpassed it. In all, Serebrov spent 371.95 days in space. Serebrov contributed to the design of Salyut 6, Salyut 7, and the Mir space stations. He helped design, and, according to a New York Times obituary, "was the first to test a one-person vehicle - popularly called a space motorcycle - to rescue space crews in distress and repair satellites."[3] This vehicle, known as Icarus, was tested in February 1990, and remained onboard Mir for several years but was never used after that.[4]

Serebrov died suddenly in Moscow on November 12, 2013, aged 69,[1] and was buried on November 15 at Ostankinsky cemetery.

He is also known for playing Tetris on a Game Boy in the spacecraft, making it the first time a video game has ever been played in space.

He was awarded:


  1. ^ a b c Советский космонавт Александр Серебров скончался на 70-м году жизни (in Russian). RIA Novosti. November 12, 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
  2. ^ Joachim Becker. "Spacefacts". Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  3. ^ Martin, Douglas (November 19, 2013). "Aleksandr Serebrov,69, dies; cosmonaut who persevered". The New York Times. p. B10.
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