Aleksandr Serebrov
Born(1944-02-15)15 February 1944
Died12 November 2013(2013-11-12) (aged 69)
Moscow, Russia
NationalitySoviet / Russian
OccupationFlight engineer
Space career
Roscosmos cosmonaut
Time in space
372d 22h 52m
Selection1978 Intercosmos Group
MissionsSoyuz T-7/Soyuz T-5, Soyuz T-8, Soyuz TM-8, Soyuz TM-17

Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Serebrov (Russian: Алекса́ндр Алекса́ндрович Серебро́в, 15 February 1944 – 12 November 2013) was a Soviet cosmonaut. He graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (1967), and was selected as a cosmonaut on 1 December 1978. He retired on 10 May 1995.[1] He was married and had one child.

Serebrov flew on Soyuz T-7, Soyuz T-8, Soyuz TM-8, and Soyuz TM-17.[1][2] He was one of very few cosmonauts to fly for both the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation that followed it. He held the record for most spacewalks, 10, until Anatoly Solovyev surpassed it. In all, he spent 371.95 days in space. Serebrov contributed to the design of Salyut 6, Salyut 7, and the Mir space stations. He helped design, and, according to a New York Times obituary, "was the first to test a one-person vehicle - popularly called a space motorcycle - to rescue space crews in distress and repair satellites."[3] This vehicle, known as Icarus, was tested in February 1990, and remained onboard Mir for several years but was never used after that.[4]

Serebrov died suddenly in Moscow on 12 November 2013, aged 69,[1] and was buried on November 15 at Ostankinsky cemetery.

He is also known for playing Tetris on a Game Boy in the spacecraft,[5] making it the first time a video game has ever been played in space.

Awards and honors

Asteroid 365375 Serebrov, discovered by Timur Kryachko in 2009, was named in his memory.[6] The official naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on 8 November 2019 (M.P.C. 118221).[7]


  1. ^ a b c Советский космонавт Александр Серебров скончался на 70-м году жизни (in Russian). RIA Novosti. November 12, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  2. ^ Joachim Becker. "Spacefacts". Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  3. ^ Martin, Douglas (November 19, 2013). "Aleksandr Serebrov,69, dies; cosmonaut who persevered". The New York Times. p. B10.
  4. ^ "Four-Time Russian Cosmonaut Aleksandr Serebrov Dies at Age 69 –".
  5. ^ Martin, Douglas (November 17, 2013). "Aleksandr Serebrov, 69, Dies; Cosmonaut Who Persevered (Published 2013)". The New York Times. Retrieved February 14, 2021.
  6. ^ "(365375) Serebrov". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  7. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved November 21, 2019.