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Talgat Musabayev

Talgat Amangeldyuly Musabayev
Nationality Soviet/Russian/Kazakh
Status Retired
Born (1951-01-07) 7 January 1951 [1]
Kargaly, Soviet Union (now Kazakhstan)
Other names
Талғат Амангелдіұлы Мұсабаев
Other occupation
Test Pilot
Current occupation
Director of Aerospace Agency of Republic of Kazakhstan
Time in space
341d 9h 48m[1]
Selection 11 May 1990[1]
Total EVAs
Total EVA time
41 hours, 13 minutes
Missions Mir EO-16 (Soyuz TM-19), Mir EO-25 (Soyuz TM-27), ISS EP-1 (Soyuz TM-32 / Soyuz TM-31)
Mission insignia

Talgat Amangeldyuly Musabayev (Kazakh: Талғат Аманкелдіұлы Мұсабаев; born January 7, 1951, Kargaly, Soviet Union (now Kazakhstan)[1]), is a Kazakh test pilot and former cosmonaut who flew on three spaceflights. His first two spaceflights were long-duration stays aboard the Russian space station Mir. His third spaceflight was a short duration visiting mission to the International Space Station, which also carried the first paying space tourist Dennis Tito. He retired as a cosmonaut in November 2003.[1] Since 2007 he has been head of Kazakhstan's National Space Agency, KazCosmos.


  • Early career 1
  • Cosmonaut career 2
    • Mir EO-16 2.1
    • Mir EO-25 2.2
    • ISS EP-1 2.3
  • Later life 3
  • Personal life 4
  • Honours and awards 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early career

Musabayev graduated from Engineering Institute of Civil Aviation in Riga in 1974.[1] Then in 1983 he graduated from Higher Military Aviation School in Akhtubinsk, with an engineering diploma.[1] Musabayev received several awards as an aerobatic flyer and was selected as a cosmonaut on May 11, 1990. In 1991, he was appointed to Major and transferred to the cosmonaut group of Air Force (TsPK-11).[2]

Cosmonaut career

Musabayev was selected to be a cosmonaut on 11 May 1990.[1]

Mir EO-16

His first spaceflight was as a crew member of the long-duration mission Mir EO-16, which was launched and landed by the spacecraft Soyuz TM-19. Musabayev was designated Flight Engineer; the mission lasted from July 1, 1994 to November 4, 1994, for a total duration of 125 days 22 hours 53 minutes.[1]

Mir EO-25

His second spaceflight was as Commander of another long-duration expedition called Mir EO-25, which was launched by the spacecraft Soyuz TM-27. The mission lasted from January 29, 1998 to 25 August 25, 1998, for a total duration of 207 days 12 hours 49 minutes.[1]


His third mission was as Commander of ISS EP-1, which was a visiting mission to the International Space Station. It was launched by Soyuz TM-32, and was landed by Soyuz TM-31 on May 6, 2001, for a total duration of 7 days 22 hours 4 minutes.[1] This visiting mission was notable for carrying the first ever paying space tourist Dennis Tito.

As of 2007, he was among the top 30 cosmonauts by time in space.

Later life

He retired from being a cosmonaut in November 2003.[1] He became deputy head of the Zhukovsky Air Force Engineering Academy and was appointed to Major General in September 2003. From 2005 to 2007 he was General Director of "Bayterek" Corp. which was a Kazakhstani-Russian Joint Venture.[3]

11 April 2007, Musabayev was appointed Head of the National Space Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan, also known as KazCosmos.[4]

Personal life

He is married and has two children.[1][2]

Honours and awards


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Cosmonaut Biography: Talgat Musabayev". 
  2. ^ a b "Documents - NASA-7 biographies". NASA. 
  3. ^ "Biography". Kazakhstan government website. 
  4. ^ "Kazakhstan has own space exploration course :Talgat Musabayev". Kazinform. 13 April 2009. 

External links

  • Personal website (Russian)
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