Aleksei Yeliseyev
Aleksei Stanislavovich Yeliseyev ' onMouseout='HidePop("82213")' href="/topics/Zhizdra">Zhizdra
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) is a retired Soviet
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 who flew on three missions in the Soyuz programme
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 as a flight engineer: Soyuz 5
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, Soyuz 8
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, and Soyuz 10
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A graduate of the Bauman Higher Technical School (1957) and postgraduate of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (1962). Yeliseyev worked as an engineer in Sergey Korolev's design bureau before being selected for cosmonaut training.

Following his retirement from the space programme in 1985, he took up at an administrative position at the Bauman school for several years before retiring fully.

Aleksei Yeliseyev was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union
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 on two occasions (January 22 and October 22 of 1969). He was also awarded the Order of Lenin
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