Vladimir Vasyutin


Vladimir Vladimirovich Vasyutin
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Born(1952-03-08)8 March 1952
Died19 July 2002(2002-07-19) (aged 50)
Space career
RankLieutenant General, Russian Air Force
Time in space
64d 21h 52m
SelectionCivilian Specialist Group 3
MissionsSalyut 7 EO-4 (Soyuz T-14)

Vladimir Vladimirovich Vasyutin (Russian: Влaдимиp Bлaдимиpoвич Васютин; 8 March 1952 – 19 July 2002)[1] was a Soviet cosmonaut.

He was selected as a cosmonaut on 1 December 1978 (TsPK-6). He retired on 25 February 1986.[1]

Vasyutin was assigned to the TKS program for a new generation of manned military spacecraft that would be docked to the existing Salyut space stations.

He flew as the Commander on Soyuz T-14 to the Salyut 7 space station, for part of the long-duration mission Salyut 7 EO-4. He spent 64 days 21 hours 52 minutes in space.[1] The TKS module was already docked to the Salyut and Vasyutin was due to lead an extended program of military space experiments. However Vasyutin fell ill soon after arriving at the station and was unable to perform his duties.[2] Although he was originally scheduled to have a six-month stay aboard Salyut 7, his illness which he concealed from doctors before the launch, forced the crew to make an emergency return to Earth after only two months.[2] His illness is said to have been caused by a prostate infection, which had manifested itself as inflammation and a fever.[3]

He graduated from Higher Air Force School and from Test Pilot School, both in Kharkov.[1] He was a Lieutenant General in the Soviet Air Forces, and took cosmonaut basic training in August 1976.[1] He retired for medical reasons. He later became Deputy Faculty Chief, VVA - Gagarin Air Force Academy, Monino.[1]

He was married and had two children. He died of cancer.[1]

Awards and honors


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Cosmonaut Biography: Vladimir Vasyutin". spacefacts.de.
  2. ^ a b D.S.F. Portree. "Mir Hardware Heritage" (PDF). NASA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-09-07.
  3. ^ David Michael Harland, John Catchpole (March 2002). Creating the International Space Station. Springer. p. 416. ISBN 1-85233-202-6.