Russian / Soviet Cosmonauts
Aleksandr Ivanovich Lazutkin (Александр Иванович Лазуткин), Russian Cosmonaut engineer at NPO Energiya. He was on board the MIR station for a period of six months (10 February – 14 August 1997). He and his Russian partner, Vasily Tshibilyev, flew to the MIR station on the Soyuz TM-25 together with German astronaut Reinhold Ewald, who spent almost three weeks with them.
A physiological facility the Modular Physiological Laboratory, MEDEX, was flown on this mission, and whose testing was a key scientific and technical operation for the German-Russian collaborative effort on this mission. Dr Kass lead a team who trained the crew to operate this complex facility; a key part of the training was carried out in Yuri Gagarin Cosmonauts Training Center in preparation for this mission.
Valery Ryumin (Валерий Викторович Рюмин), Russian Cosmonaut and flight engineer at NPO Energiya. Ryumin was flight director for the Salyut-7 space station and the Mir space station, Director of the Russian portion of the Shuttle-Mir program. He flew on four Soyuz space missions and one Shuttle (STS-91) mission. Ryumin assisted Kass on a an assignment that he was managing on behalf of OHB-System under contract to the European Space Agency, which was a study on “Columbus Crew On-Board Tasks”, for which Kass was project leader.
Aleksandr Pavlovich Aleksandrov (Russian: Александр Павлович Александров), is a former Soviet cosmonaut and twice Hero of the Soviet Union. He assisted with a study on Soviet Approach to Training for Long Term Space-flight, which Dr Kass was carrying out for the European Space Agency’s Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Microgravity, under the project leadership of Dr Wubbo Ockels.
Vasily Vasilyevich Tsibliyev (Василий Василиевич Циблиев), Russian pilot cosmonaut. Tsibliyev flew as Commander on Soyuz TM-17 (1993-1994) and on Soyuz TM-25 (1997), both missions over six months long, spending a total of 381 cumulative days in space. He flew the latter mission with fellow Russian cosmonaut Alexandr Lazutkin and German astronaut Reinhold Ewald, joining NASA astronaut Jerry Linenger, who was already aboard the MIR station.
Dr Kass lead a team who trained the crew to operate this complex facility; a key part of the training was carried out in Yuri Gagarin Cosmonauts Training Center (GCTC) at Star City near Moscow in preparation for this mission. Tsibliyev is currently Chief of the GCTC.
Dr Oleg Yurivitch Atkov (Олег Юрьевич Атьков) is a cardiologist, professor, expert on telemedicine and doctor-cosmonaut of the Soviet Union. In 1984 Atkov flew on the Soyuz to the space station Salyut-7, where he remained in orbit for 237 days, a record for that time. Atkov assisted Kass on a few assignments that he was managing on behalf of OHB-System under contract to the European Space Agency. The first of these projects was a study on “Columbus Crew On-Board Tasks”, for which Kass was project leader; another project was a study of Soviet crew training and methodology. Atkov is currently vice-president of JSC " Russian Railways "on health care and working with community organizations.