[Above: Валерий Григорьевич Корзун]
This date in 1996, Soyuz TM-24 launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome enroute to
Onboard were Aleksandr Kaleri and one of my very favorite
Mir EO-22 would become one of the most
Korzun spent tons of time talking to amateur radio enthusiasts around the globe; he was really into this hobby. If it had been me, every single transmission I made would have been, "Get me off this piece of shit NOW."
But by all accounts, Korzun is good-natured and patient and professional and has a much less vulgar mouth than I do, so he kept a sunny outlook and a stiff upper lip and just talked about fun space stuff with average Joes around the world.
Undeterred by EO-22's mishaps and by TsUP's blaming of crisis after crisis on the cosmonauts, Valeriy went on to fly on STS-111 and was a crewman of ISS Expedition 5.
Valeriy Korzun is freaking awesome, and if I had the chance to meet one single cosmonaut, he'd be it.