Alexandr Balandin is a cosmonaut who was born on July 30, 1953, in Moscow,
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
Balandin made two spacewalks during his stay aboard Mir.
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