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Sunday, July 2, 2017
Georgi Ivanov, first Bulgarian in space, born 1940
Georgi Ivanov, born July 2, 1940, is the first Bulgarian cosmonaut. Born in Lovech, Bulgaria, Ivanov flew on Soyuz 33, launched April 10, 1979 but the mission was a disaster Engine damage would not allow them to dock with Salyut 6, so they had to return to Earth prematurely. Their re-entry was also flawed as they had to endure 9Gs. They completed 31 orbits in just under 2 days.