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Robert Pearlman

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posted 10-12-2006 01:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Russia's Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) reports on its website that seven candidates have been named to pursue cosmonaut training.

They are identified as: A.N. Ovchinin, S.N. Ryzhikov, A.A. Misurkin, O.V. Novitskiy, M.T. Ponomarev, N.V. Tikhonov, and Y.O. Serova (though their appearance in the above photo may be different than the order presented by the list).


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posted 10-12-2006 02:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Seven people named, ten people in the photo. If you look at the "younger faces" you have five military officers, one man (at far left) and one woman. Let's hope they come out with a better photo and accurate captioning.


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posted 10-12-2006 03:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Third from right appears to Valery Korzun (chief of cosmonaut training) and the two men in dark suits are probably manager types. That leaves seven persons to be properly identified...


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posted 10-12-2006 05:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SPACEFACTS   Click Here to Email SPACEFACTS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Elena Serova is the wife of cosmonaut Mark Serov! So we've a cosmonaut couple.


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posted 10-13-2006 03:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmonavtka     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some more details - names of the cosmonaut candidates (from the Space Encyclopedia Astronote site and Novosti Kosmonavtiki forum):

RGNII TsPK (all 5 are pilots in the Russian Air Force, VVS):

  • Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Misurkin, born 23 September 1977, Major, the VVS and PVO 4th Army (Rostov-on-Don) (zone of responsibility - North-Caucasian VO)
  • Oleg Viktorovich Novitskii, born 12 October 1971, Lieutenant Colonel, the VVS and PVO 4th Army
  • Aleksei Nikolaevich Ovchinin, born 28 September 1971, Major, the 70th individual test-training air regiment of the special designation named after Seregina RGNIITsPK
  • Maksim Vladimirovich Ponomarev, born 20 February 1980, Captain, the Special-Purpose Command (staff - Moscow) (zone of responsibility - Moscow VO)
  • Sergei Nikolaevich Ryzhikov, born 19 August 1974, Major, the VVS and PVO 14th Army (staff - Novosibirsk) (zone of responsibility - SibVO) (now entire military aviation is subordinated to armies VVS and PVO, but not to military districts; there is no Transbaikal military district now; it is included in SibVO)
  • Elena Olegovna Serova, born 22 April 1976, works in TsUP. Wife of Mark Serov (2003 selection group)
  • Nikolai Vladimirovich Tikhonov, born 23 May 1982


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posted 10-13-2006 05:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm also wondering if Maksim Ponomarev is related in some way to former (and once married) cosmonauts Yuri and Valentina Ponomarev?


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posted 10-14-2006 01:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tonyq   Click Here to Email Tonyq     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by ColinBurgess:
I'm also wondering if Maksim Ponomarev is related in some way to former (and once married) cosmonauts Yuri and Valentina Ponomarev?

Yuri and Valentina had a son, Alexsandr born in 1958. This was the source of some controversy when Valentina's candidature was being considered, as the authorities only really wanted to consider unmarried girls for cosmonaut training.

Maksim's patronymic indicates his father is called Vladimir, so unlikely there is a direct connection, but ofcourse he could be from some other part of the wider family.


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posted 12-22-2006 12:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for z_tal_site   Click Here to Email z_tal_site     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In the web Spacefacts are posted indiviual images of each astronaut of the class.

So looking at the photo, from left to right are: Tikhonov - Ryzhikov - Ponomarev - Ovchinin - Serova - XXXX - XXXXXX - Korzun - Novitskii - Misurkin.

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