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Anatoly Artsebarsky

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Anatoly Pavlovich Artsebarsky
Artsebarsky in 2019
Born (1956-09-09) 9 September 1956 (age 67)
OccupationTest Pilot
AwardsHero of the Soviet Union
Space career
RankColonel, Russian Air Force
Time in space
144d 15h 21m
MissionsSoyuz TM-12, Mir EO-9

Anatoly Pavlovich Artsebarsky (Ukrainian: Анатолій Павлович Арцебарський, Russian: Анатолий Павлович Арцебарский; born 9 September 1956) is a former Soviet cosmonaut.[1]

He became a cosmonaut in 1985. Artsebarsky spent almost five months in space on a single spaceflight. In 1991, he flew aboard Soyuz TM-12 and docked with the Mir Space Station. Artsebarsky and Sergei Krikalev stayed aboard Mir while the rest of the crew flew back to Earth after eight days. Artsebarsky took six spacewalks during the Mir EO-9 mission. He spent over 33 hours walking in space.[2]

During his stay, Artsebarsky constructed a space tower for use with a control module. Artsebarsky and Krikalev were almost stuck at the station. They were in orbit during the Soviet coup attempt of 1991. For several days, the political situation seriously jeopardised their position.[citation needed]



In media

  • Artsebarsky is mentioned in the 2013 movie Gravity, because fictional astronaut Matt Kowalski hopes to break Artsebarsky's spacewalking record.
  • He visited Tehran's Sharif University together with cosmonaut Talgat Musabayev on October 7, 2019.


  1. ^ "Glove, Right Hand, Soyuz TM-12, Artsebarsky | National Air and Space Museum". Archived from the original on 2018-11-08.
  2. ^ Spacefacts