Gennady Sarafanov

Gennady Vasiliyevich Sarafanov (Russian: Геннадий Васильевич Сарафанов; 1 January 1942 – 29 September 2005)[1] was a Soviet cosmonaut who flew on the Soyuz 15 spaceflight in 1974. This mission was intended to dock with the space station Salyut 3, but failed to do so after the docking system malfunctioned.

Gennady Vasiliyevich Sarafanov
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Born1 January 1942
DiedSeptember 29, 2005(2005-09-29) (aged 63)
Space career
RankColonel, Soviet Air Force[1]
Time in space
2 days 0 hours 12 minutes [1]
SelectionAir Force Group 3
MissionsSoyuz 15

Sarafanov was born in Sinenkiye, Saratov Oblast, USSR. He graduated from the Soviet Air Force academy and held the rank of Colonel.[1]

He made a single spaceflight before resigning from the space programme in 1986 and subsequently lectured on technology.[1] He died in Moscow, Russia.

He was awarded:


  1. ^ a b c d e "Cosmonaut Bio: Gennadi Sarafanov".