Valery Ryumin


Valery Ryumin
Ryumin, Valery Victorovitch (cropped).jpg
Valery Victorovich Ryumin in 1998
Born (1939-08-16) 16 August 1939 (age 81)
NationalitySoviet / Russian
OccupationFlight engineer
Space career
Time in space
371d 17h 24m
Selection1973 Civilian Specialist Group 5
Total EVAs
Total EVA time
1 hour 23 minutes
MissionsSoyuz 25, Soyuz 32, Soyuz 35/Soyuz 37, Soyuz 34, STS-91
Mission insignia

Valery Victorovich Ryumin (Russian: Валерий Викторович Рюмин; born 16 August 1939 in Komsomolsk-on-Amur) is a former Soviet cosmonaut.


In 1958, he graduated from the Kaliningrad Mechanical Engineering Technical College with the specialty "Cold Working of Metal." In 1966, he graduated from the Department of Electronics and Computing Technology of the Moscow Forestry Engineering Institute with the specialty "Spacecraft Control Systems."

From 1958 to 1961, Ryumin served in the army as a tank commander.

From 1966 to the present, he has been employed at the Rocket Space Corporation Energia, holding the positions of: Ground Electrical Test Engineer, Deputy Lead Designer for Orbital Stations, Department Head, and Deputy General Designer for Testing. He helped develop and prepare all orbital stations, beginning with Salyut 1.

In 1973, he joined the RSC Energia cosmonaut corps. A veteran of three space flights, Ryumin has logged a total of 362 days in space. In 1977, he spent 2 days aboard Soyuz-25, in 1979, he spent 175 days aboard Soyuz vehicles and the Salyut 6 space station, and in 1980, he spent 185 days aboard Soyuz vehicles and the Salyut 6 space station.

Leonid Popov and Valery Ryumin in USSR Stamp, 1983

From 1981 to 1989, Ryumin was flight director for the Salyut 7 space station and the Mir space station. Since 1992, he has been the Director of the Russian portion of the Shuttle-Mir and NASA-Mir program.

In January 1998, NASA announced Ryumin's selection to the crew of STS-91. Ryumin served aboard STS-91 Discovery (2–12 June 1998) the 9th and final Shuttle-Mir docking mission, concluding the joint U.S./Russian Phase I Program. The STS-91 mission was accomplished in 154 Earth orbits, traveling 3.8 million miles in 235 hours and 54 seconds.

Married to fellow cosmonaut Yelena Kondakova, he has two daughters and a son. His hobbies include tennis, angling, hunting, walking through forests, and travel.


In popular culture

In a 2017 Russian film Salyut 7, a character Valery Shudin (played by Aleksandr Samoylenko) was based on, and bears striking physical resemblance to, Ryumin.


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