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Leonid Denisovich Kizim
|Died||June 14, 2010 (aged 68)|
|Awards||Hero of the Soviet Union|
|Rank||Colonel General, Soviet Air Force|
Time in space
|374d 17h 56m|
|Selection||Air Force Group 3|
|Missions||Soyuz T-3, Soyuz T-10/Soyuz T-11, Soyuz T-15|
Kizim was born in Krasnyi Lyman, Donetsk Oblast, Soviet Union (now Lyman, Ukraine). He graduated from Higher Air Force School in 1975; and served as a test pilot in the Soviet Air Force. He was selected as a cosmonaut on October 23, 1965. Kizim flew as Commander on Soyuz T-3, Soyuz T-10 and Soyuz T-15, and also served as backup commander for Soyuz T-2. All together he spent 374 days 17 hours 56 minutes in space. On Soyuz T-15, he was part of the only crew to visit two space stations on one spaceflight (Mir and Salyut 7). He later served as Deputy Director Satellite Control-Center of the Russian Ministry of Defense; after May 1995 he was Director of the Military Engineering Academy of Aeronautics and Astronautics in St. Petersburg.
He left the cosmonaut program on June 13, 1987, but remained in the Soviet Air Force, and later the Russian Air Force. In 1993, he was placed in charge of the A.F. Mozhaysky Military-Space Academy. He held that position until he retired from the Russian Air Force on September 10, 2001, at the rank of Colonel General.
Kizim died on June 14, 2010. He left a wife and two children. Leonid Kizim was married with two children.
He was awarded:
- Twice Hero of the Soviet Union (December 10, 1980 and October 2, 1984);
- Pilot-Cosmonaut of the USSR
- Order of Honour
- Order of Friendship
- Three Orders of Lenin
- Medal "For the Development of Virgin Lands"
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- "Ушел из жизни летчик-космонавт дважды Герой Советского Союза Леонид Денисович Кизим". Russian Federal Space Agency. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2010.
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