Valery Tokarev

Valery Tokarev

Infobox Astronaut
name =Valery Ivanovich Tokarev


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type =Cosmonaut
nationality =Russian
date_birth =October 29, 1952
place_birth =Kapustin Yar, Astrakhan Oblast, Russia
occupation =Pilot
rank =Air Force Colonel
selection =1989 Cosmonaut Group
time =199d 15h 06m
mission =STS-96, Soyuz TMA-7, Expedition 12
insignia = |

Valery Ivanovich Tokarev ( _ru. Валерий Иванович Токарев), Russian Air Force Colonel and test cosmonaut at the Yuri A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, was born October 29, 1952 in the town of Kap-Yar, Astrakhan Region Resides at Star City, Moscow Region. His wife, Irina Nikolaevna (Tokareva), was born February 25, 1955. They have two children: a daughter, Olya, and a son, Ivan. His mother, Lidiya Nikolaevna (Tokareva), lives in the city of Rostov, Yaroslavl Region. His father, Ivan Pavlovich, died in an auto accident in 1972. Valery Tokarev enjoys nature, automobiles, airplanes, and game sports.

Education

Master's degree in State Administration from the National Economy Academy affiliated with Russia Government in Moscow.

Awards

Awarded the title "Hero of the Russian Federation" as well as other orders and medals of Russia.

Experience

In 1973, Tokarev graduated from the Stavropol Higher Military School of Fighter Pilots. In 1982, he graduated from the Test Pilot Training Center (with honors). Tokarev graduated from the Yuri A. Gagarin Air Force Academy in the town of Monino, Moscow Region, and the National Economy Academy affiliated with the Russian Federation Government in Moscow with a Master's degree in State Administration.

Tokarev is a 1st Class Air Force Pilot and a 1st Class Test Pilot. Tokarev has gained proficiency and flight experience with 44 types of airplanes and helicopters. He has participated in tests of fourth-generation carrier-based aircraft and vertical/short takeoff and landing jets (Su-27K, MiG-29K, Yak-38M, Su-25UTG), as well as bomber and missile navy fleet jets (Su-24M).

In 1987, Valery Tokarev was selected to join the cosmonaut corps to test and fly the Buran spacecraft. Since 1994, he has served as commander of a group of cosmonauts of aerospace systems. Since termination of the Buran program in 1997, Tokarev has been assigned as a test cosmonaut at the Yuri A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. Tokarev flew on STS-96, May 27 to June 6, 1999. During the 10-day mission, the crew of Discovery delivered four tons of logistics and supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) in preparation for the arrival of the first crew to live on the station. The mission was accomplished in 153 Earth orbits, traveling 4 million miles in 235 hours and 13 minutes.

Tokarev was the flight engineer for the Expedition 12 crew on the ISS, arriving at the station aboard the Soyuz TMA-7 spacecraft on October 3, 2005 and departing on April 6, 2006 for a total mission duration of 189 days. He performed two spacewalks during the course of the mission.

ource

*http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/tokarev.html

External links

* [http://www.spacefacts.de/bios/cosmonauts/english/tokarev_valeri.htm Spacefacts biography of Valery Tokarev]
*http://tr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valery_Ivanovich_Tokarev
*http://www.kadikoyweb.com/uzay


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