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Aleksandr Fyodorovich Polishchuk Status: Active. Trained as: Cosmonaut. Profession: Engineer. Sex: Male. Marital Status: Married. Children: One. Birth Date: 30 October 1953. Birth City: Cheremkhovo. Birth State: Irkutsk. 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: 1. Total Time: 179.03 days. Number of EVAs: 2. Total EVA Time: 9.97 hours.

Official NASA Biography - 1994

NAME: Alexander Fedorovich Poleshchuk
Pilot-cosmonaut. Resides in Kaliningrad, Moscow region.

October 30, 1953 in Cheremkhovo, Irkutsk region, Russia.

Fedor Demyanovich Poleshchuk, father, deceased in 1981. Valentina Sergeevna Poleshchuk, mother, resides in Bratsk, Irkutsk region, Russia.

Blonde hair; green eyes; 5 feet 9 inches; 178 pounds.

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

Married to Irina Petrovna Poleshchuk (nee Chistyakova).

Daughter, Lyubov in 1979.

Awarded the title of Hero of the Russian Federation.

A.F. Poleshchuk has worked as a test engineer at NPO "Energiya" since 1977, where he was occupied with perfecting repair and assembly techniques performed during space flights. He has extensive experience in experimental work under conditions of simulated weightlessness.

In February 1989, he was enrolled in a cosmonaut detachment as a candidate test cosmonaut. In the period from September 1989 to January 1991, he underwent the complete course of general space training and qualified as a test cosmonaut.

From February 1991 to March 1992, he trained for a flight on the Soyuz-TM transport vehicle and the Mir Station as a member of a group.

From March until July 1992, he underwent flight training to be the flight engineer of a back-up Russian-French crew comprised of G.M. Manakov, A.F. Poleshchuk, and J.P.Haigneré, of France.

He underwent a complete course of training to be the flight engineer for the Soyuz-TM transport vehicle and Mir Station for the 13th primary expedition and, in the period from January 24 to March 22, 1993, accomplished a 179-day space flight with G.M. Manakov.

During the flight, two EVAs were performed, lasting a total of 9 hours and 58 minutes. Testing of the androgynous peripheral docking subassembly of the "Kristall" module was performed.

At present, he is undergoing flight training to be the flight engineer of the stand-by Russian crew for the Mir-18 expedition as part of the Mir-Shuttle program.

MAY 1994
Flight Log

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