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
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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