Valery Kubasov, the flight engineer on Soyuz 19, which docked with an Apollo spacecraft in Earth orbit in July 1975, died Feb. 19 in Moscow. He was 79. His death was announced on RSC Energia's website, which called him a “high-spirited instructor test cosmonaut.” No cause of death was given. Kubasov (seated right) became a cosmonaut in 1966 and flew first on Soyuz 6, Oct. 11-16, 1969, the first time three manned spacecraft flew at the same time; the others were Soyuz 7 and Soyuz 8. His ...


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