Roman Romanenko, Russian astronaut
Russian commander Roman Romanenko (2nd flight), the American flight engineer Thomas Marshbern (2nd flight) and Canadian flight engineer Chris Hadfield (third flight) have gone to the International Space Station. They will spend six months there as part of the ISS-34 and ISS-35.
Roman Romanenko is a Russian cosmonaut, Hero of the Russian Federation (2010). On April 19, 2013 he made a spacewalk.
Roman was born on August 9, 1971, in Shchyolkovo, near Moscow. He is a son of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Romanenko.
In 1988 Roman graduated from the Leningrad Suvorov military school and in the same year he entered Chernigov High Air Force School for pilots, from which he graduated in 1992 as a pilot-engineer.
On May 6, 2010, Romanenko was awarded the Hero of the Russian Federation medal by the decree of the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. He was also awarded the honorary title of Pilot-Cosmonaut of the Russian Federation.
Roman is married to Yulia Leonidovna Romanenko (Danilovskaya). They have one son. His hobbies include underwater hunting, tennis, tourism, yachting, volleyball and music.
Romanenko was selected as a cosmonaut candidate at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center Cosmonaut Office in December 1997. In November 1999 he was qualified as a Test Cosmonaut.
On May 27, 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.
After spending 187 days and 20 hours in space, Romanenko returned to Earth along with astronauts, Robert Thirsk and Frank de Winne on December 1, 2009.