Aleksei Gubarev


Aleksei Aleksandrovich Gubarev
Cosmonaut Aleksei Gubarev (cropped).jpg
Born(1931-03-29)29 March 1931
Gvardeitsi, Samara Oblast, USSR
Died21 February 2015(2015-02-21) (aged 83)
Moscow, Russia
AwardsHero of the Soviet Union (2)
Order of Lenin (2)
Space career
RankMajor General, Soviet Naval Air Force
Time in space
37d 11h 36m
SelectionAir Force Group 2
MissionsSoyuz 17, Soyuz 28

Aleksei Aleksandrovich Gubarev (Russian: Алексе́й Алекса́ндрович Гу́барев; 29 March 1931 – 21 February 2015) was a Soviet cosmonaut who flew on two space flights: Soyuz 17 and Soyuz 28.


Gubarev graduated from the Soviet Naval Aviation School in 1952 and went on to serve with the Soviet Air Force. He undertook further studies at the Gagarin Air Force Academy before being accepted into the space programme.

He was originally trained for the Soviet lunar programme and for military Soyuz flights before training for Salyut missions. His next mission, in 1978, was Soyuz 28, the first Interkosmos flight, where he was accompanied by Vladimír Remek from Czechoslovakia.[1]

In 1971, he became backup commander for the ill-fated Soyuz 11 mission, which killed the three-man crew when the craft depressurized in space.

He resigned as a cosmonaut in 1981 and took up an administrative position at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre.

In the 1980s he worked at the 30th Central Scientific Research Institute, Ministry of Defence (Russia).

His awards includes the Gagarin Gold Medal, which was bestowed upon him twice. He was an honorary citizen of Kaluga, Arkalyk, Tselinograd, and Prague.

Gubarev published a book, The Attraction of Weightlessness, in 1982.

Gubarev died at the age of 83 on 21 February 2015.[2]

Honours and awards

Foreign awards:


  1. ^ Biographies of USSR / Russian Cosmonauts: Gubarev.
  2. ^ "Центр подготовки космонавтов им. Ю.А.Гагарина. Официальный Web-сайт".

External links

  • Media related to Aleksei Gubarev at Wikimedia Commons