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[Alexander Yurievich Kaleri]

Biographical Data


PERSONAL DATA:  Born May 13, 1956, in Yurmala, Latvia.  He is married to the former Svetlana L. Nosova.  They have one child, a son.  Alexander enjoys running, reading, and gardening.  His mother, Antonina Petrovna Kaleri, resides in Sevastopol, the Ukraine.  His father, Yuri Borisovich Kaleri, is deceased.

EDUCATION:  Graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1979.    

SPECIAL HONORS:  Hero of the Russian Federation; holds the title of pilot-cosmonaut of the Russian Federation.

EXPERIENCE:  In 1979 Kaleri came to work at the Energia Rocket/Space Corporation.  He participated in developing design/technical documentation and full-scale tests of the Mir orbital station.  Selected as the Energia RSC cosmonaut candidate in April 1984, Kaleri completed basic training and evaluation at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (1985-1986).  In 1987 he was qualified for flight assignment as a test cosmonaut.  He has logged 22 flight hours piloting the L-39 training aircraft. 

April 1 to December 9, 1987, Kaleri took a training course for a spaceflight aboard the Mir orbital station as a backup crew flight engineer of the Mir-3 long-duration mission.  January to April, 1991, he took a training course for a spacceflight aboard the Mir as a backup crew flight engineer of the Mir-9 long-duration mission.  October 8, 1991 to February 25, 1992, Kaleri was training as a primary crew flight engineer for the Mir-11 long-duration mission.

March 17 to August 10, 1992, he participated in a 145-day flight aboard the Soyuz-TM transport vehicle and the Mir orbital station.  The program included an eight-day joint flight with German cosmonaut Klaus-Dietrich Flade (Mir-92 Program) and a twelve-day joint flight with French cosmonaut Michel Tognini (Antares program).  On this flight Kaleri performed one spacewalk in 2 hours and 3 minutes.

August 17, 1996 to March 2, 1997, Kaleri participated in a 197-day flight aboard the Soyuz-TM transport vehicle and the Mir orbital station as the Mir-22 mission flight engineer.  The program included joint flights with NASA-2, 3 and 4 astronauts, a French astronaut and a German astronaut.  Kaleri logged over 12 hours and 36 minutes of EVA in 2 spacewalks.

April 4 to June 16, 2000, Alexander Kaleri performed his third spaceflight aboard the Soyuz-TM-30 transport vehicle and the Mir orbital station as the Mir-28 mission flight engineer.  He also logged 5 EVA hours in one spacewalk.

On his fourth spaceflight in ISS Expedition 8 from October 18, 2003 to April 30, 2004, Kaleri served as Flight Engineer aboard the International Space Station.  Mission duration was 194 days, 18 hours and 35 minutes, and included one EVA of 3 hours and 55 minute duration. 

Alexander Kaleri has logged a total of 610 days in space and over 23 EVA hours in 5 spacewalks.  He is currently assigned and training for Expedition 25/26 targeted for launch in October 2010.