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Mars Zakirovich Rafikov

Two signed covers from Mars Rafikov, soviet unflown cosmonaut from the first group of 1960. Signed material from any unflown cosmonaut of the First Group (such as Varlamov, Kartashov, Anikeyev or Fylatyev) is extremely rare. A few months after Rafikov joined the First Cosmonaut team, he was dismissed, officially for medical reasons, but still today it isn't clear the real reason why Rafikov was dismissed so soon.

Born on.. 30 Sep. 1933
Join Cosmonaut Team in: April 1960
As... Pilot
Left Cosmonaut Team in March 1962
Identity revealed at... April 1986

Major, Soviet Air Force, test pilot; graduated from Higher Air Force School, Syzran, now Samara; was selected as cosmonaut on 28.04.1960 (TsPK-1); OKP (cosmonaut basic training): 4/60 - 1961; was discharged of disciplinary reasons; served as pilot during the Afghanistan-war; later he was instructor pilot in DOSAAF-program. Died in July 2000.

 

 

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