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Zero-g adventure

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12.04.2022

World Cosmonautics Day!

On April 12 we celebrate World Aviation and Cosmonautics Day. On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin paved the way to space for the humanity starting a new era – the era of space exploration and discoveries.

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Oleg Novitskiy

Hero of Russian Federation,
ROSCOSMOS Test Cosmonaut

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:

October 12, 1971, Cherven, Minsk region, Byelorussian SSR.

EDUCATION:

1994 – graduated from Kachinsk Higher Military Pilot School and was qualified as a pilot engineer;

2006 – graduated from the Command Department of Yu.A. Gagarin Air-Force Academy.

2015 – graduated from The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration and was qualified as a magister of State and Municipal administration.

WORK EXPERIENCE:

From October 1994 to September 2004 he served as a pilot, a master pilot, deputy commander of the air squadron of assault aviation regiment (AAR) of the 4-th Air Army and 4-th AF and ADF Army, North-Caucasian MD.

Upon graduation from the Academy in 2006 he served as commander of AAR air squadron of the 4-th AF and ADF Army.
On February 2007 he was recommended to be appointed to a post of a candidate for cosmonauts of CTC detachment.

February, 2007 – he began general space training course which he completed on June, 2009 having passed graduation examinations with an excellent mark.

June, 2009 – at the meeting of the Interdepartmental Qualification Committee he was qualified as a test cosmonaut
August, 2009 – March, 2010 – passed space training course on ISS program.

March, 2010 – May, 2012 – participated in training as ISS-31/32 backup crew member, ISS onboard engineer, commander of Soyuz TMA-04 spacecraft.

May, 2012 – October, 2012 – participated in training as ISS-33/34 prime crew member, ISS onboard engineer, commander of Soyuz TMA-06 spacecraft.

December, 2014 – July, 2016 – participated in training as ISS-48/49 backup crew member, ISS onboard engineer, commander of Soyuz MS spacecraft.

Since July, 2016 he participates in training as ISS-50/51 prime crew member, ISS onboard engineer, commander of Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE:

Oleg NOVITSKIY performed his first space flight at a period of October 23, 2012 to March 16, 2013 as Soyuz TMA-06M commander and ISS-33/34 onboard engineer. The mission duration was 143 days.

AWARDS AND RANKS:

Gold Star Medal of Hero of the Russian Federation,
Pilot-Cosmonaut of the Russian Federation,
Medal For Participation in Combat,
Medal For Military Virtue Second Class
Medal For distinction in military service First, Second and Third Classes
Medal For service in the air force
Decorated with watch For Personal Courage,
Combat veteran title.