Aleksandr Serebrov turns 69 today. He was selected in 1978 from the design bureau Energiya and has made four flights into space. He became the first to use the Soviet SPK, an astronaut propulsion unit, to leave the Mir space station in 1990, as seen here. After retiring in 1995 from the cosmonaut group, Serebrov worked for the Russian secretary of defence.
Two cosmonauts celebrate their birthday today. Interestingly both are Aleksandrs and have a moustache. Aleksandr Lazutkin had a 184 day mission aboard Mir in 1997. He is now the head of the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow. Aleksandr Poleshchuk also spent time on Mir for 179 days in 1989.
Soyuz TM-25 Crew: Tsibliyev Vasili Vasiliyevich, Ewald Reinhold, Lazutkin Aleksandr Ivanovich
We are wild and crazy guys!
Tsibliyev and Lazutkin had a wild and crazy time on Mir. They had to deal with a lot of incidents, the major ones were a fire and a progress vehicle colliding with the station, which punctured a module.
Vasily Tsibliyev and Aleksandr Lazutkin embrace after returning from an epic stay on Mir in 1997. During their stay an oxygen cleaning apparatus failed, a fire happened and a Progress vehicle collided with the station, causing major damage. Their landing was rough too, the Soyuz landing rockets failed to fire on touchdown.