Sergei Viktorovich ZALETIN
Soyuz TMA-1 Commander,
Colonel, Russian Air Force,
Instructor-test-cosmonaut of Yu. A. Gagarin
Cosmonaut Training Center, 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
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 Federation. Decorated with Gold Star medal
of the Hero of the Russian Federation and four Russian jubilee
HOBBIES: Chess, sports and games.
WORK EXPERIENCE: In 1983-1990 he served as a pilot, master
pilot, flight leader in Air Force units of Moscow military
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.
He is second-class cosmonaut.
From May to October 2001 he passed training for space flight
as the brackup crew commander of the Soyuz TM transport
spacecraft, 2-nd visiting crew under the ISS program, together
with flight engineer Nadezhda Kuzhelnaya.
Since December 10, 2001 he has been passing training for
space flight as the prime crew commander of the Soyuz TM,
Soyuz TMA transport spacecraft, 4th visiting crew under
the ISS program, together with flight engineer Frank de
Winne (Belgium) and since October 1, 2002 he has been passing
training with Yuri Lonchakov too.