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Roman Romanenko
Roman Romanenko.jpg
Born (1971-08-09) 9 August 1971 (age 50)
Other namesRoman Yurievich Romanenko
AwardsHero of the Russian Federation
Space career
Roscosmos cosmonaut
RankMajor, Russian Air Force
Time in space
333 days, 11 hours, 01 minute
Selection1997 TsPK Cosmonaut Group
MissionsSoyuz TMA-15 (Expedition 20/21), Soyuz TMA-07M (Expedition 34/35)
Mission insignia
ISS Expedition 20 Patch.svg
ISS Expedition 21 Patch.svg
ISS Expedition 34 Patch.svg
ISS Expedition 35 Patch.svg

Roman Yurievich Romanenko (Major, Russian Air Force; Russian: Роман Юрьевич Романенко; born 9 August 1971) is a Russian retired cosmonaut at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. He is also a politician, sitting in the State Duma since 2021 representing the Chertanovo constituency.

Personal life

Romanenko was born in Shchyolkovo, near Moscow. His parents, Yuri Victorovich Romanenko and Aleftina Ivanovna Romanenko, live in Star City. He is married to Yulia Leonidovna Romanenko (Danilovskaya). They have a son and a daughter. His hobbies include underwater hunting, tennis, car repairs, tourism, yachting, volleyball and music.


After when he graduated from Star City high school in 1986, Romanenko entered the Leningrad Suvorov military school, from which he graduated in 1988. In 1988, he entered the Chernigov High Air Force School for pilots, from which he graduated in 1992 as a pilot-engineer.


Following graduation from pilot school Romanenko served as a second commander in the Air Force. He flew L-39 and Tu-134 aircraft. Romanenko has logged over 500 hours of flight time. He is a Class 3 Air Force pilot.


On 6 May 2010 Romanenko was awarded the Hero of the Russian Federation medal by the decree of the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.[1][2] He was also awarded the honorary title Pilot-Cosmonaut of the Russian Federation.

Cosmonaut career

Roman Romanenko inside the Zvezda module of the ISS.
Roman Romanenko inside the Zvezda module of the ISS.

Romanenko was selected as a cosmonaut candidate at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center Cosmonaut Office in December 1997. From January 1998 to November 1999 he undertook his basic training course. In November 1999 he was qualified as a Test Cosmonaut.

He served as the backup to Oleg Kotov as the Commander of Soyuz TMA-10 and Fyodor Yurchikhin as Commander of Expedition 15.

Expedition 20/21

On 27 May 2009 Romanenko was launched into space as the commander of the Soyuz TMA-15 spacecraft from Site 1/5 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.[3] He was part of the Expedition 20 and Expedition 21 crews and was the third second-generation space traveller after Sergey Volkov and Richard Garriott. Romanenko served as a Flight Engineer aboard the ISS during the two long duration missions.

After spending 187 days and 20 hours in space, Romanenko returned to Earth along with astronauts, Robert Thirsk and Frank de Winne on 1 December 2009.

Expedition 34/35

On 19 December 2012, Romanenko was launched to space on Soyuz TMA-07M along with Chris Hadfield and Thomas Marshburn. He was a part of the crews of Expedition 34 and Expedition 35 aboard the ISS. He served as a Flight Engineer. [4]

Romanenko returned to Earth on 14 May 2013 spending 145 days and 14 hours in space.

First Spacewalk

Romanenko during the first spacewalk of the Expedition 35 mission on April 19, 2013.
Romanenko during the first spacewalk of the Expedition 35 mission on April 19, 2013.

On 19 April 2013 Romanenko completed his first spacewalk with fellow cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov, a 6-hour 38 minute EVA to conduct repairs to the ISS.[5]


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  1. ^ "Dmitry Medvedev presented state decorations in the Kremlin". May 6, 2010. Retrieved May 14, 2010.[dead link]
  2. ^ Russian Federal Space Agency (April 12, 2010). "Russian Cosmonaut Roman Romanenko was Awarded the Hero of Russia and the Cosmonaut Pilot Statuses by the Decree of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev". Retrieved May 14, 2010.
  3. ^ ESA (2008). "Frank De Winne prepares for new mission". ESA. Archived from the original on June 3, 2009. Retrieved November 3, 2008.
  4. ^ Agency, Canadian Space (2012-06-06). "Mission objectives". Retrieved 2022-06-09.
  5. ^ "Cosmonaut becomes oldest spacewalker". Retrieved April 30, 2013.