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PASSINGS: Pavel Popovich, Kevork S. Hovnanian, Osman E. Osmanoglu

Pavel Popovich, former Soviet cosmonaut, dies at 79; Kevork S. Hovnanian, co-founder of major home-building company, dies at 86; Osman E. Osmanoglu, eldest member of Ottoman dynasty, dies at 97

October 01, 2009|Times Staff and Wire Reports

Pavel Popovich, 79, a former Soviet cosmonaut who was best known for a space first in 1962 -- piloting one of two manned satellites that orbited the Earth at the same time -- died Wednesday of a stroke at a Ukraine sanatorium, said Boris Yesin of the Russian astronaut training center.

The front-page headline in The Times lauded Popovich and his colleague, Andrian Nikolayev, as "Space Twins" after they landed in August 1962. Popovich had made 48 orbits in his three days in space aboard the Vostok 4 capsule.

Popovich next went into space in July 1974 as commander of the two-man Soyuz 14, a mission to the Salyut space station that lasted more than two weeks.

Pavel Romanovich Popovich was born Oct. 6, 1929, in the Kiev region of what is now Ukraine, according to the ITAR-Tass news agency.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Tuesday, October 06, 2009 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 4 National Desk 1 inches; 29 words Type of Material: Correction
Popovich obituary: The obituary of former cosmonaut Pavel Popovich in Thursday's Section A said that he joined the Russian Air Force in 1954. He joined the Soviet Air Force.

After studying construction engineering and attending aviation school, he joined the Russian Air Force in 1954.

Six years later, Popovich was part of a pioneering team of cosmonauts. He would become the sixth man to go into orbit.


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