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Mourning for cosmonauts: Jähn companion Waleri Bykowski is dead

Together with Sigmund Jähn, he broke out in 1978 into space and wrote with the GDR cosmonauts history. Now, the former Soviet spaceman Valery Bykovsky died. He

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Mourning for cosmonauts: Jähn companion Waleri Bykowski is dead

Together with Sigmund Jähn, he broke out in 1978 into space and wrote with the GDR cosmonauts history. Now, the former Soviet spaceman Valery Bykovsky died. He was 84 years old.

The former Soviet cosmonaut Valery Bykowski is dead. He had already died on Wednesday at the age of 84 years near Moscow told the cosmonauts training center "Yuri Gagarin".

in Total, the trained fighter pilot Bykowski has spent more than 20 days in All. During the space flight with the German Sigmund Jähn in 1978, Bykowski was a commander of the Soviet spaceship "Soyuz-31". Just eight days, the two remained in space and orbited 125 Times the earth. Jähn was then in the GDR as a Hero.

Waleri Bykowski was 84 years old.

"He was my commander"

Bykowski worked after his return, for the Gagarin centre, finished but in the 1980s, his active career as a spaceman. "He was my commander," said Jahn on the death message.

The 82-Year-old had seen his colleagues recently in Russia. He had been there, however, are drawn from the health problems, said Jahn. "We had well understood. We regularly had days of contact to the party."

Russia's President Vladimir Putin paid tribute to Bykowski as "people with extraordinary courage and strength". Berlin's governing mayor, Michael Müller, said the death Bykowskis: "Berlin mourns the loss of its honorary citizen and a brave people, who is one of the first to have taken the risk and the challenge, the door in the cosmos to open up."

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