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    KAZAKH COSMONAUT TO BECOME DEPUTY CHIEF OF RUSSIAN AIR FORCE ACADEMY

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    MOSCOW, January 28, 2004. /RIA Novosti/. Major-General Talgat Musabayev, a well-known cosmonaut who represented Russia and Kazakhstan in space flights, has left the Gagarin Cosmonauts Training Centre and got a new appointment.

    According to information received by RIA Novosti from unofficial sources at the Cosmonauts Training Centre, Musabayev may soon be offered a post of deputy chief of the Russian Air Force Academy named after Zhukovsky.

    He made his first space flight together with Yuri Malenchenko in the 16th main expedition to the Soviet Mir space station in 1994. He stayed at the station for 127 days and made eight spacewalks.

    Musabayev also commanded a crew that visited the International Space Station, which included also first space tourist Dennis Tito and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Baturin.

    In the past Musabayev was a well-known sports pilot and won a USSR championship in team aerobatics. He also was a member of the Kazakh national Team in sports aviation. He won a USSR Master of Sports degree in gymnastics and aerobatics.

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