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Aleksey Aleksandrovich Gubarev Status: Inactive. Trained as: Cosmonaut. Profession: Pilot. Sex: Male. Marital Status: Married. Children: Two. Birth Date: 29 March 1931. Birth City: Gvardeitsy. Birth State: Samara. Birth Country: Russia. Nationality: Russian. Affiliation: Soviet Air Force. Group: 1963 Air Force Group. Detachment: TsPK-2. Date Selected: 10 January 1963. Date Departed: 01 September 1981. Number of Flights: 2. Total Time: 37.48 days.

Aleksey Aleksandrovich Gubarev was born on March 29, 1931 in the village of Gvardeitsy in the Samara region to a peasant family. From 1936, he lived and studied at the Chashnikovo collective farm near Moscow, where his family had move after the death of his father. In 1950, he graduated from middle school in Kryukovo (Moscow region) and entered Naval Aviation School for Aircraft Mechanics. After graduation in 1952, he served with the Soviet Air Force. In 1961, he graduated from the Gagarin Air Force Academy and was assigned for service with Black Sea aviation units, where he served as a squadron commander until his acceptance to the cosmonaut unit.

In 1963 he was accepted into the Soviet cosmonaut unit (1963 Air Force Group #2). He underwent the full general space preparation course. He trained for the Soviet Lunar program, and participated as a group member in mastering the military research variant of the Soyuz (7K-VI). Later, he trained for space flight on Soyuz type spacecraft and on orbital stations of Salyut.

In September 1973 he commanded the reserve crew (with Georgi Mikhailovich Grechko) for the Soyuz-12 flight. He performed his first flight from January 11 through February 9, 1975, together with Grechko, as commander of Soyuz-17 and the orbital complex Salyut-4 - Soyuz-17 (call sign Zenit). His space flight lasted 29 days 13 hours 19 minutes and 45 seconds.

From 1976 he underwent preparations under the Intercosmos program for co-operation with socialist countries. He made his second space flight on March 2-10, 1978, as commander of Soyuz-28 (call sign Zenit) together with Czech Vladimir Remek. This was the first manned spaceflight of the Intercosmos program. The cosmonauts worked onboard the orbital complex Salyut-6 - Soyuz-27 - Soyuz-28 together with Yuri Viktorovich Romanenko and Georgi Mikhailovich Grechko. Their stay in space was 7 days 22 hours 16 minutes. During his two flights Gubarev spent 37 days 11 hours 35 minutes and 45 seconds in space.

In 1981 he left the cosmonaut team. He continued to serve in command positions with the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre. He is currently retired.

Awards: Twice awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union. Hero of Czechoslovak Socialist Republic. Awarded two Orders of Lenin, Czechoslovak Order of Clement Gotvald, Tsiolkovskiy Gold Medal (USSR Academy of Sciences), Gagarin Gold Medal (FAI). Honorary citizen of Kaluga (Russia), Arkalyk, Tselinograd (Kazakhstan), and Prague (Czech Republic). Author of the book The Attraction of Weightlessness (Moscow, 1982).

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Call sign: Zenit (Zenith).

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