Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin
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Mikhail Tyurin

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Russian cosmonaut

Personal data

Michael Tyurin lives in Korolev, a small city outside of Moscow. He was born 2 March 1960, in Kolomna, Russia (about 60 miles from Moscow) where his parents still reside. He is married and has one daughter. He enjoys sailing in his free time.


He graduated from the Moscow Aviation Institute in 1984 with a degree in engineering and a specialisation in creating mathematical models related to mechanical flight. He is currently doing graduate work in his field of research.


After graduating from the Aviation Institute he began working at the Energia Corporation as an engineer. The main areas of his work have been dynamics, ballistics, and software development. His personal scientific research is connected with the psychological aspects of cosmonauts' training for the manual control of spacecraft motion. In 1993 he was selected to begin cosmonaut training, and in 1998 he started training as a flight engineer for the Expedition 3 crew. He also served as a backup crew member for the first ISS mission.

Spaceflight experience

During Expedition 3 Tyurin lived and worked aboard the International Space Station for a total of 125 days. The Expedition 3 crew launched on 10 August 2001 aboard STS-105 Discovery and docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on 12 August 2001. They left the station on 15 December aboard STS-108 Endeavour, landing at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on 17 December 2001.

Tyurin currently serves as Flight Engineer on the Expedition 14 mission to the International Space Station. Expedition 14 was launched aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft on 18 September 2006.

Current assignment

Vinogradov is currently the Expedition 13 crew Commander for a six-month stay on board the International Space Station. The mission launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome on 30 March 2006.