Anatoly Artsebarsky is a cosmonaut who was born on September 9, 1956, in
Artsebarsky became a cosmonaut in 1985. He has spent over 145 days in
space on a single spaceflight.
In 1991, Artsebarsky flew aboard Soyuz TM-12. The crew docked with the
Russian Mir Space Station. Artsebarsky and a fellow cosmonaut stayed
aboard Mir while the rest of the crew flew back to Earth after 8 days.
Artsebarsky took six spacewalks during this mission. He spent over 33
hours walking in space.
During his stay, Artsebarsky constructed a space tower for use with a
control module. Artsebarsky and his fellow cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev
were almost stuck at the station. They were in orbit during an
attempted coup of the Soviet Union. For several days, they didn't know
who was in control of the station nor whether anyone would bring them
back to Earth!
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