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Andriian Grigor’evich Nikolaev

cosmonaut

Andriian Nikolaev, USSR Cosmonaut.

Background

Nikolaev, Andriian was born on September 5, 1929.

Education

Educated at a forestry school, 1947. Graduated from a military aviation school, 1954.

Career

Born in the village of Shorshely,Chuvash Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. Worked in forestry in Karelia, 1950. Fighter pilot, selected for the cosmonaut team, 1960.

In 1962 and 1970, made long flights into space. Majorgeneral, 1970. Married Valentina Tereshkova (their daughter was the first child of a marriage between cosmonauts). Deputy commander of the cosmonauts training centre.

Religion

Religion makes people base their lives on false foundations.

Views

The role of the individual as a member of a collective is more important than the individual.