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Georgy Stepanovich Shonin
|Died||7 April 1997 (aged 61)|
|Awards||Hero of the Soviet Union|
|Rank||Lieutenant General, Soviet Air Force|
Time in space
|4d 22h 42m|
|Selection||Air Force Group 1|
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 later worked as the director of the 30th Central Scientific Research Institute, Ministry of Defence (Russia).
He died of a heart attack in 1997.
Awards and honors
- Hero of the Soviet Union
- Pilot-Cosmonaut of the USSR
- Order of Lenin
- Order of the October Revolution
- Order of the Red Banner of Labour
- Order of the Red Star
- Ten commemorative medals
- Medal "25 Years of People's Power" (Bulgaria)
- Three medals from the Mongolian People's Republic
- Five medals from the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic