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Vladimir Aleksandrovich Shatalov (Russian: Владимир Александрович Шаталов; born December 8, 1927) is a former Soviet cosmonaut who flew three space missions of the Soyuz programme: Soyuz 4, Soyuz 8, and Soyuz 10.[1]

Vladimir Aleksandrovich Shatalov
Born (1927-12-08) December 8, 1927 (age 91)
Space career
RankLieutenant General, Soviet Air Force
Time in space
9d 21h 55m
SelectionAir Force Group 2
MissionsSoyuz 4, Soyuz 8, Soyuz 10


Russian president Dmitri Medvedev awards Shatalov with the Order of Friendship on 12 April 2011 (Cosmonautics Day)

Shatalov was born in Petropavlovsk. From 1971 to 1987, he was Commander of Cosmonaut Training, and Director of the Cosmonaut Training Centre from then until 1991.

Quote: "When we look into the sky it seems to us to be endless. We breathe without thinking about it, as is natural... and then you sit aboard a spacecraft, you tear away from Earth, and within ten minutes you have been carried straight through the layer of air, and beyond there is nothing! The 'boundless' blue sky, the ocean which gives us breath and protects us from endless black and death, is but an infinitesimally thin film. How dangerous it is to threaten even the smallest part of this gossamer covering, this conserver of life."[2]

Honours and awardsEdit

Foreign awards:

  • Hero of Socialist Labour (Socialist Republic of Vietnam)
  • Order of Ho Chi Minh (Socialist Republic of Vietnam)
  • Order of Karl Marx (GDR)
  • Order of the Polar Star (Mongolia)
  • Order "Madara Horseman" (Bulgaria)
  • Order of the Banner of the People's Republic of Bulgaria
  • Medal "Brotherhood in Arms" (Poland)
  • Medal "Brotherhood in Arms" (GDR)
  • Medal "100 years of Bulgaria's Liberation from Ottoman Slavery"


  1. ^ Spacefacts. Retrieved on 2012-08-04.
  2. ^ James Bruges (1 April 2004). The Little Earth Book. The Disinformation Company. pp. 28–. ISBN 978-0-9729529-2-7. Retrieved 4 August 2012.

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