Yuri Malenchenko is a Colonel
in the Russian Air Force.
He was born on
Dec. 22, 1961 in Svetlovodsk,
1983, he graduated from S.I. Gritsevets Kharkov Higher
Military Aviation School with a pilot-engineer’s
1993, he graduated from the Zhukovsky Air Force
was awarded the Hero of the Russian Federation medal, and
the National Hero of Kazakhstan medal.
graduating from Military Aviation School, he served as
pilot, senior pilot, and multi-ship flight lead.
1987, he was assigned to the Cosmonaut Training Center at Star
City, located just outside of Moscow. From December,
1987 to June 1989, he underwent a course of general space
was the Commander of the back-up crew for Mir 15.
July 1 to November 4, 1994, he served as Commander of Mir
16 with Musabayev, Polyakov, Kondakova, Victorenko,
and Ulf Merbold. During this flight , he controlled the
first manual docking of the Progress.
September of 2000 he served on the crew of STS-106 which
successfully prepared the International
Space Station for the arrival of the first permanent
crew. The five astronauts and two cosmonauts delivered
more than 6,600 pounds of supplies and installed
batteries, power converters, a toilet and a treadmill on
the Space Station. Yuri Malenchenko and Ed Lu performed a
6 hour and 14 minute space walk in order to connect power,
data and communications cables to the newly arrived Zvezda
Service Module and the Space Station. In completing his
second space flight, Yuri Malenchenko has logged over 137
days in space, including 3 EVA’s totaling over 18 hours.
7 Commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA ISS
Science Officer & Flight Engineer Edward Lu
pose while in training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut
Training Center in Star City, Russia for their
launch to the International Space Station.
April 2003 till October 2003, Yuri Malenchenko was
assigned as Expedition-7 Commander of the International
Space Station. The two person crew launched from
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on April 25, 2003 aboard
Soyuz TMA-2 and docked with the ISS
on April 28, 2003. Following a week of joint operations
and handover briefings, they replaced the Expedition-6
crew which flew back to Earth aboard the Soyuz
August 10th, 2003, while still aboard the Int'l
Space Station Yuri Malenchenko became the first person
to marry in space.
Dmitriev, poses with a
life-size cut-out of her
bridegroom, Yuri Malenchenko after her wedding.
The pair exchanged vows via a NASA satellite
hook-up. She is a United States citizen, living in
couple were married before family and friends in a private
ceremony at Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas where
Yuri took part via video link from the international space station.
his return to Earth from
his 6 month stay on the
Yuri and Ekaterina
presented with a gift from
founder Richard Newman.
Here are the
the bottle of Dom Perignon
which we gave
them in honor of their history
making Earth/Space wedding.
2003, Yuri Malenchenko sent us a personal
directly from the International Space Station.
Click Here to see this one of a kind, out
of this world picture.