Georgy Shonin

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Georgy Stepanovich Shonin
Georgy Stepanovich Shonin.jpg
Born(1935-08-03)3 August 1935
Died7 April 1997(1997-04-07) (aged 61)
Zvyozdny, Russia
AwardsHero of the Soviet Union
Space career
RankLieutenant General, Soviet Air Force
Time in space
4d 22h 42m
SelectionAir Force Group 1
MissionsSoyuz 6

Georgy Stepanovich Shonin (Ukrainian: Гео́ргій Степа́нович Шо́нін; 3 August 1935 – 7 April 1997; born in Rovenky, Luhansk Oblast, (now Ukraine) but grew up in Balta of Ukrainian SSR) was a Soviet cosmonaut, who flew on the Soyuz 6 space mission.

Shonin was part of the original group of cosmonauts selected in 1960. He left the space program in 1979 for medical reasons.

Shonin's family hid a Jewish family from the Nazis during WWII.[1]

Shonin later worked as the director of the 30th Central Scientific Research Institute, Ministry of Defence (Russia).

He died of a heart attack in 1997.

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