Nikolai Tikhonov (cosmonaut)

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Nikolay Tikhonov
Nikolai Tikhonov during Fire Scene Generic training.jpg
Born (1982-05-23) May 23, 1982 (age 37)
Space career
RSA Cosmonaut
Selection2006 RSA Group

Nikolay Vladimirovich Tikhonov (Russian: Николай В. Тихонов) was born May 23, 1982. He is a Russian cosmonaut, selected in 2006.

He was selected as a backup flight engineer for Soyuz MS-02. He was made a prime crew member of Soyuz MS-04 but, due to Russian budget cuts, the crews were changed and Tikhonov was then slated to make his first spaceflight on the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft. He was again removed from the manifest due to delays in launching the Russian Nauka module.[1][2] He was scheduled to fly into space as commander of the Soyuz MS-15 mission, although he was removed for a third time following the aborted launch of Soyuz MS-10, and the subsequent crew changes that followed. He was scheduled to finally make his first flight onboard Soyuz MS-16 in 2020, but ended replaced due medical reasons.[3]


  1. ^ Ben Evans (May 30, 2018). "No U.S. Crew Will Command The International Space Station in 2019". AmericaSpace. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  2. ^ Ben Evans (October 30, 2016). "As Soyuz MS-01 Lands, International Partners Look Ahead to Reduced Crewing in 2017". AmericaSpace. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  3. ^ @katlinegrey (2020-02-16). "Breaking news! #Roscosmos decided to replace the crew members of #SoyuzMS16 with the backup crew due to medical indications." (Tweet) – via Twitter.