Sergei Viktorovich ZALETIN
Crew Commander of the Soyuz TM-33 Spacecraft
Lieutenant-Colonel of the Russian Federation Air Force
Test Cosmonaut of Yu. A. Gagarin
Cosmonaut Training Center (TsPK), Russia
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:
April 21, 1962, Schekino, Tula Area, RF (Russia). Father:
Viktor Dmitrievich Zaletin (1930-1988). Mother: Valentina
Ivanovna Zaletina (Prokhorova), born in 1926.
EDUCATION: In 1983 he graduated from Borisoglebsk Higher
Military Pilot School after V.P. Chkalov and got a diploma
of pilot-engineer. In 1994 after tuition by correspondence
at the International Center of Training Systems he got a
qualification of engineer-ecologist and a degree of Master
of ecological management.
FAMILY STATUS: Married.
Wife: Elena Mikhailovna Zaletina (Goriacheva), born in 1962.
Son: Sergei, born in 1984.
AWARDS AND RANKS:
Hero of the Russian Federation, Pilot-Cosmonaut of the Russian
HOBBY: Chess, sports and games.
In 1983-1990 he served as a pilot, master pilot, flight
leader in Air Force units of Moscow military region.
In 1990 he was enlisted in the cosmonaut detachment.
From October 1990 to March 1992 he passed a course of general
space training at Yu. A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center.
On March 11, 1992 a qualification of a test-cosmonaut was
conferred on him by decision of the Interdepartmental Qualification
In 1992-1997 he passed training under the program of flights
to the Mir Station.
From September 1997 to July 1998 he passed training as the
backup crew commander under PC-26 program on the Mir Station.
From October 1998 to March 1999 he was a co-ordinator of
Yu. A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at NASA.
In March - May 1999 he passed training as the prime crew
commander under PC-28 program on the Mir Station, however
because of the lack of the required financing in June 1999
General Designers' Review adopted a decision to cancel launch
of PC-28 for a time and shift flight the Mir Station into
the unmanned flight mode.
From June 1999 to March 2000 he passed training as the commander
of the prime crew for PC-28.
From April 4 to June 16, 2000 he performed the first space
flight as the commander of the Soyuz TM-30 spacecraft and
Mir Orbital Complex under PC-28 program together with A.
Kaleri. In the course of operations on the orbital complex
the crew carried out the station activation. During the
flight he performed one egress into open space; the egress
duration was 5 hr. 03 min.