Sevestyanov, Vitaly Ivanovich
1970 signed photo of USSR Soyuz 9 & 18 cosmonaut
Autograph ID: 3599
Condition: Very good
Description: “(1935-2010) Soviet cosmonaut who flew on the Soyuz 9 & Soyuz 18 missions. Trained as an engineer at Moscow Aviation Institute, after 1959 graduation joined Sergey Korolev’s design bureau, where he worked on the design of the Vostok spacecraft. He also lectured at the Cosmonaut Training Center, teaching physics of spaceflight. In 1967 he commenced cosmonaut training himself. In 1976, after 2 successful missions, including a 2-month stay on the Salyut 4 space station, he was pulled from active flight status. He worked in ground control for the Salyut 6 station before returning to spacecraft design in the 1980s to work on the Buran project. He was president of the Soviet Union Chess Federation 1977-86 and 1988-89. During the 80s he hosted a popular television program on space exploration entitled “Man, Earth, Universe”. Left space program 1993, elected to the State Duma 1994.
SP, 6 ½ x 4 ¼ ANH color bust portrait in tie & jacket with two Soviet medals, signed with October 21 1970 date (4 months after Soyuz 9 flight) at bottom.”