Monday, June 19, 2017

Viktor Patsayev, cosmonaut, born 1933

USSR stamp Viktor Patsayev cropped.jpg

Viktor Ivanovich Patsayev, born June 19, 1933, was a cosmonaut for the Soviet Space program.  He died June 30, 1971 when the Soyuz 11 spacecraft depressurized prematurely, suffocating him and his fellow cosmonauts, Georgy Dobrovolsky and Vladislav Volkov.  The moon crater Patsaev and the minor planet 1791 Patsayev are both named for him.

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