A Brief History
Remek lifted off aboard Soviet space craft Soyuz 28 for an 8-day trip to outer space, heading to the Soviet space station, Salyut 6. A former pilot in the Czechoslovakian Air Force, Remek was hailed a national hero and even was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union medal by the USSR. He parlayed his renown into a career in politics, serving as a member of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2013, and as ambassador to Russia from 2014 to 2018.
The subject of numerous awards and accolades, an asteroid was named 2552 Remek in his honor. Since his historic flight, astronauts and cosmonauts from an astounding 44 different countries have made a trip into space!
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For more information, please see…
Clark, Phillip. The Soviet Manned Space Program. Crown, 1988.
Sparrow, Giles. Spaceflight, 2nd Edition: The Complete Story from Sputnik to Curiosity. DK, 2019.
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