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Old 10-09-2003, 07:53 PM   #1
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Non-Soviet Cosmonauts.

So far as I know, Squadron Leader Rakesh Sharma, Indian Air Force, received no special pilot's badge for his mission on Soyuz T-11 (3-11 April 1984). He did receive HSL and Order of Lenin.

He (and the Soviet crewmen - Colonel Yury Vasilyevich Malyshev, Soviet Air Force, and Engineer Gennady Mikhailovich Strekalov) received the Ashoka Chakra, India's highest decoration for non-combat gallantry) (~George Cross). This was a HIGHLY IRREGULAR award and required special alteration of the statutes for the Ashoka Chakra. It was -- and is -- immensely controversial.

Awards of the the next level of civilian gallantry award (the Kirti Chakra) were also made to the backup crew (Indian and Soviet alike -- and were even more highly controversial). And, persunably, some Soviet awards came in the other direction?

I hope to see (and photograph) Sharma's awards the next time in India.

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Here is a list of the Cosmonauts I know of that have flown in Space.

1. Akiyama,Toyohiro - Japan
2. Aleksandrov, Aleksandr Panayatov - Bulgaria
3. Bella, Ivan - Slovakia
4. Chrétien, Jean-Loup Jacques Marie - France
5. Faris, Muhammed Achmed - Syria
6. Farkas, Bertalan - Hungary
7. Flade Klaus-Dietrich - Germany
8. Gurragcha, Jugderdemidin - Mongolia
9. Haigneré, Claudie - France
10. Haigneré Jean-Pierre - France
11. Hermaszewski, Miroslaw - Poland
12. Ivanov, Georgy - Bulgaria
13. Jähn, Sigmund Werner Paul - Germany (DDR)
14. Kuipers, André - Netherlands
15. Mohmand, Abdul Ahad - Afghanistan
16. Pham, Tuân - Vietnam
17. Prunariu, Dumitru Dorin - Romania
18. Reiter, Thomas Arthur - Germany
19. Remek, Vladimír - Czechoslovakia
20. Sharma, Rakesh - Indien
21. Sharman, Helen Patricia - United Kingdom
22. Shuttleworth, Mark Richard - South Africa
23. Tamayo, Méndez Arnaldo - Cuba
24. Tognini, Michel Ange-Charles - France
25. Viehböck, Franz Artur - Austria
26. Vittori, Roberto - Italy


The Intercosmos program was a program by the Soviet Union to make the fellow Socialist nations participate in space exploration. Most notable were the manned space flight missions, but also unmanned satellites were part of the program.

Date/ Prime cosmonaut/ Backup cosmonaut/ Nation /Mission

February 3, 1978 -Vladimir Remek -Oldrich Pelcak- Czechoslovakia- Soyuz 28
June 27, 1978 -Miroslaw Hermaszewski -Zenon Jankowski -Poland Soyuz 30
August 26, 1978 -Sigmund Jähn- Eberhard Köllner -East Germany -Soyuz 31
April 10, 1979 -Georgi Ivanov -Aleksandr P. Aleksandrov -Bulgaria -Soyuz 33
May 26, 1980 -Bertalan Farkas- Bela Magyari -Hungary -Soyuz 36
July 23, 1980 -Tuan Pham -Thanh Liem Bui -Vietnam -Soyuz 37
September 18, 1980 -Arnaldo Tamayo Mendez -Jose Lopez Falcon -Cuba - Soyuz 38
March 23, 1981 -Zhugderdemidiyn Gurragcha -Maidarzhavyn Ganzorig -Mongolia -Soyuz 39
May 14, 1981 - Dumitru Prunariu - Dumitru Dediu - Romania - Soyuz 40

Note: All the foreign Cosmonauts on the Intercosmos programm became HSU's

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