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Nikolai Mikhailovich Budarin Status: Active. Trained as: Cosmonaut. Profession: Engineer. Sex: Male. Marital Status: Married. Children: Two. Birth Date: 29 April 1953. Birth City: Kirya. Birth State: Chuvashia. Birth Country: Russia. Nationality: Russian. Affiliation: Civilian Engineer, Energia NPO. Group: 1989 Civilian Engineer Group. Detachment: NPOE-9. Date Selected: 25 January 1989. Number of Flights: 2. Total Time: 283.01 days. Number of EVAs: 9. Total EVA Time: 46.23 hours.

Official NASA Biography - 1997

NAME: Nikolai Mikhailovich Budarin
Test cosmonaut of NPO "Energiya." Resides in Kaliningrad. Moscow region.

Born April 29, 1953, at Kirya settlement, Chuvashia, Russia.

Mikhail Romanovich Budarin, father, deceased in 1984. Alexandra Mikhailovna Budarin, mother, deceased in 1986.

Black hair; gray eyes; 5 feet 8 inches; 164 pounds.

Graduated from the S. Ordzhonikidze Moscow Aviation Institute in 1979, with a mechanical engineering diploma.

Married to Marina Lvovna Budalina, (nee Sidorenko).

Two sons, Dmitri, 1977, and Vladislav, 1983.

After graduation from the S. Ordzhonikidze Moscow Aviation Institute, he occupied various engineering positions at NPO "Energiya," where he was involved in experimental investigations and testing of space technology. In February 1989, N.M. Budarin was enrolled in a cosmonaut detachment as a candidate test cosmonaut. In the period from September 1989 to January 1991, he underwent a complete course of general space training and passed a State examination. He is qualified as a test cosmonaut. From February 1991 until December 1993, he prepared for a flight aboard the Soyuz-TM transport vehicle and the Mir Station as a member of a group. He has experience working in the primary operations group for space mission control. In January 1991, he began training to be the flight engineer of the back-up crew for the Soyuz-TM-21 transport vehicle.

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