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Valeryi Ivanovich Tokarev Status: Active. Trained as: Cosmonaut. Profession: Pilot. Sex: Male. Marital Status: Married. Children: Two. Birth Date: 29 October 1952. Birth City: Kapustin Yar. Birth State: Astrakhan. Birth Country: Russia. Nationality: Russian. Group: 1991 Buran Group. Detachment: GKNII-4. Date Selected: 25 January 1989. Date Departed: 01 April 1991. Number of Flights: 1. Total Time: 9.80 days.

NASA Official Biography

NAME: Valery Ivanovich Tokarev (Colonel, Russian Air Force)
Test Cosmonaut at the Yu.A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

Born October 29, 1952 at the town of Kap-Yar, Astrakhan Region. Resides at Star City, Moscow Region. His wife, Irina Nikolaevna (Tokareva), was born February 25, 1955. They have two children: a daughter, Olya, and a son, Ivan. His mother, Lidiya Nikolaevna (Tokareva), lives in the city of Rostov, Yaroslavl Region. His father, Ivan Pavlovich, died in an auto accident in 1972. Valery Tokarev enjoys nature, automobiles, airplanes, and game sports.

Master's degree in State Administration from the National Economy Academy affiliated with the Russian Federation Government in Moscow.

In 1973, Valery Tokarev graduated from the Stavropol Higher Military School of Fighter Pilots. In 1982, he graduated from the Test Pilot Training Center (with honors). Valery Tokarev graduated from Yuri .A. Gagarin Air Force Academy in the town of Monino, Moscow Region, the National Economy Academy affiliated with the Russian Federation Government in Moscow. He is an officer with a military college degree and has a Master's degree in State Administration.

He is a 1st class Air Force pilot, and a 1st class test pilot. He has participated in the tests of 44 types of aircraft (airplanes and helicopters).

In 1987, Valery Tokarev was selected to join the cosmonaut corps to fly the Buran spacecraft. Since 1994, he has served as commander of a group of cosmonauts of aerospace systems and, since 1997, as a test cosmonaut for the Yuri A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center.


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