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Aleksandr Aleksandrov … in orbit

Aleksandr Aleksandrov … in orbit

Aleksandr Panayotov Aleksandrov pictured in 2013

Aleksandr Aleksandrov pictured in 2013

Aleksandr Aleksandrov was born on December 1, 1951.

He is a retired Bulgarian cosmonaut and the second Bulgarian to have flown into space. He graduated from the Bulgarian Air Force Academy in 1974 and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Bulgarian Air Force.


Aleksandrov was selected as a Research Cosmonaut in 1978. He was eventually assigned to the prime crew of the Soyuz TM-5 mission to the Mir space station in 1988 and spent 10 days in space before returning to Earth in Soyuz TM-4.


Soyuz TM-5 docked with the Mir space station (1988)

Aleksandrov later became Deputy Director of the Institute of Space Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and currently works as a research scientist.

His spacesuit

His spacesuit

John Glenn …

John Glenn …


Lists …

Lists …

I will never ever get to the stage of having completed every 1951 Club post possible. Not even close. It will always be a work in progress. There will always be one more to write.


This is why I like lists. They come in very handy. The nice thing about lists is that it’s possible to be concise and far-reaching without actually having to say too much. They can be considered as worm-holes of information that can both bend and condense the data contained in the observable universe. They are also a good stop-gap just in case I don’t have time to go into detail until much later. I may end up having to write them from another dimension altogether. What a strange thought to have. 😯

Here is my list of famous singers born in 1951 called Chris Rea –


I expect you are now tremendously impressed. I know I was. 

Then I stumbled across a Wikipedia entry – The list of lists of lists. I wish I hadn’t. It wasn’t pretty. I needed a stiff drink which rapidly turned into several. 🍺🍺🍺 🍸🍸

You may wish to sit down before you read the following.

 List of lists of lists. Wikipedia has this to say on the subject.

This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. You can help by expanding it with reliably sourced entries. This is a list of articles that are themselves lists of articles that are also lists on the English Wikipedia. In other words, each of the articles linked here is an index to multiple lists on a topic. Some of the linked articles are themselves lists of lists of lists.

And this is what I have to say on the subject.

What a load of old codswallop!

Anyway. Whenever I start to experience information overload or feel a little overwhelmed by the task in hand, I may well now resort to whistling a happy tune and posting a list.


Here is a list of all the astronauts and cosmonauts who were born in 1951. I don’t think I’ve missed anybody.

Thomas Akers
Aleksandr Aleksandrov
Charles E. Brady
Muhammed Faris
Sidney M. Gutierrez
Steven Hawley
Marsha Ivins
Leonid Kadeniuk
Aleksandr Laveykin
Frederick W. Leslie
William S. McArthur
Musa Manarov
Barbara Morgan
Talgat Musabayev
Stephen S. Oswald
Ronald A. Parise
John L. Phillips
Kenneth S. Reightler
Sally Ride
Hans Schlegal
Kathryn D. Sullivan
Andy Thomas

Sally Ride, America's first woman in space, gets a big hug from her astronaut husband Steven Hawley. The couple later divorced after five years of marriage. They were both born in 1951.

Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, gets a big hug from her astronaut husband Steven Hawley. The couple later divorced after five years of marriage. They were both born in 1951.

my sunday poem … # 5

my sunday poem … # 5


Today’s poem is called Buzzwords. It is dedicated to Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin and I wrote it in July 1999, on the 30th anniversary of the first moon-landing. Now aged 85, Buzz was the second man to walk on the moon. The picture below shows Buzz Aldrin as photographed by Neil Armstrong. You can see just Armstrong’s reflection in Aldrin’s visor.



in magnificent desolation
the faceless silver god
drifts across the windless plains

he regards his homeland
shining in the void
and loneliness like a river
courses through his veins


Astronaut Neil Armstrong … the 1951 Connection

Neil Armstrong (1930 – 2012)

Astronaut Neil Armstrong who was the first man to walk on the moon died recently, aged 82.  He was commander of the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969. Neil Armstrong saw action during the Korean War. He flew F9F-2B Panthers with VF-51 “Screaming Eagles” off USS Essex. He had to eject from an aircraft on Sept. 3, 1951 after being hit by gunfire. While making a bombing run, he took anti-aircraft fire near Wonsan, North Korea. Though he was able to pilot the jet back to friendly territory, he was forced to eject from the damaged aircraft.

F9F – Panther over Korea.