Valentin Vitalevich Lebedev

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Lebedev, Valentin Vital’evich


Born Apr. 14, 1942, in Moscow. Pilot-cosmonaut of the USSR. Hero of the Soviet Union (1973); candidate of technical sciences (1975). Member of the CPSU since 1971.

Lebedev graduated from the S. Ordzhonikidze Moscow Institute of Aviation in 1966 and joined the staff of a design office. He was named a cosmonaut in 1972. From Dec. 18 to Dec. 26, 1973, flying with P. I. Klimuk he was the flight engineer aboard Soyuz 13. The flight lasted 7 days 20 hr 55 min.

Lebedev has been awarded the Order of Lenin and various medals.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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