Test Cosmonaut - Instructor, Class 1
of Korolev Rocket & Space
DATA AND PLACE OF BIRTH:
January 3, 1959, Batumi, Adzhar Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic,
Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic (Georgia)
Farther: Nikolai Fedorovich Yurchikhin, born in 1932, a pensioner.
Mother: Mikrula Sofoklievna Yurchikhina (Grammatikopulo), born in 1938,
Parents live in Sindos, Greece.
In 1983 he graduated from Moscow Aviation Institute after S. Ordzhonikidze
and got qualification of a mechanical engineer and was specialized in Aerospace
Vehicles. In April 2001 he finished the post-graduate course of Moscow
State University of Service, defended a thesis for a candidate of science
FAMILY STATUS: married.
Wife: Larisa Anatolievna Yurchikhina. They have two daughters.
AWARDS AND RANKS:
Hero of the Russian Federation (2008). The Russian Federation pilot-cosmonaut
Decorated with the Gold Star Medal of Hero of the Russian Federation
(2008), the Order of Friendship (2003), All-Russian Census Service Medal
(2003), Space Flight Medal, NASA (2003), Medals of the Federation of Cosmonautics,
History of cosmonautics, literature, stamp collection, sports.
From 1983 to 1997 he worked as an engineer, senior engineer, leading
engineer at NPO Energia/RSC Energia. He worked in the Main Operations Control
Team (MOCT) of MCC and then as a shift manager of MOCT planning group.
From November 1990 to June 1991 he was a manager of the operations
control team of floating command-measuring station "Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin".
In 1995-1997 he was an assistant flight manager under the Mir-NASA
program. On July 28, 1997 he was selected as a candidate for cosmonauts
decision of the Interdepartmental Qualification Committee and on October
14, 1997 he was enlisted as a candidate for cosmonauts in the RSC Energia
In 1998-1999 he passed a course of general space training and on December
1, 1999 he was qualified as a test cosmonaut.
In 2000-2001 he passed training at Yu.A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training
Center as a member of the cosmonaut group under the ISS program.
From September 2001 to October 2002, he passed training at the Johnson
Space Center as a member of the Atlantis Shuttle crew for a spaceflight
On October 7-18, 2002 he performed his first space flight as the mission
specialist of the Atlantis Shuttle (STS-112) under the ISS assembly program
(mission 2A). The main task of this flight was to deliver section S1 of
the main truss, scientific equipment and cargoes to the ISS. The flight
duration was 10 days 19 hrs 57 min 49 s.
From January 2004 to October 2005 he passed training as the ISS and
Soyuz TSC flight engineer and from October 2005 to April 2006 he passed
training as the ISS flight engineer and the Soyuz TMA TSC commander within
the backup crew under ISS-13.
From April 2006 he began training within the ISS-15 prime crew as the
ISS commander and the Soyuz TMA TSC flight engineer.
At a period of May 26 - June 2, 2006 he passed training in operations
in case of off-nominal water landing of the descent module.
Yurchikhin performed the second space flight from April 7 to October
21, 2007 as commander of ISS-15 crew and flight engineer of the Soyuz TMA-10
vehicle. The mission duration was 196 days, 17 hr, 5 min. He performed
three EVAs in flight of the total duration of 18 hr 44 min.
In April 2009 he was assigned to the prime crew for Expedition 24 onboard
the ISS the launch of which on the Soyuz TMA-19 vehicle is planned for
By the data submitted by Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center
and reference book The Soviet and Russian Cosmonauts, 1960-2000
and site www.astronaut.ru.