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Alexandr Balandin

Alexandr Balandin is a cosmonaut who was born on July 30, 1953, in Moscow, Russia.

Balandin became a cosmonaut in 1978. In 1990, Balandin flew aboard Soyuz TM-9. The spacecraft docked with the Mir Space Station where the crew spent 177 days performing several experiments. This space mission was the world's first profitable one. The crew produced about $12.5 million in manufacturing materials and data.

Balandin made two spacewalks during his stay aboard Mir. He helped repair several torn insulation blankets on the outer hull. If these had not been repaired, the space station could have been exposed to dangerous temperatures.



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