Georgi Ivanov

About Georgi Ivanov

Who is it?: Cosmonaut
Birth Day: July 02, 1940
Birth Place: Lovech, Bulgarian
Other occupation: Pilot
Rank: Major General
Time in space: 1d 23h 01m
Selection: 1978 Intercosmos Group
Missions: Soyuz 33

Georgi Ivanov

Georgi Ivanov was born on July 02, 1940 in Lovech, Bulgarian, is Cosmonaut. Retired Lieutenant General Georgi Ivanov is Bulgaria’s first astronaut. After completing his education from a military school, he entered the Bulgarian People’s Army as a military pilot and rose to various designations in the air force. His name was suggested for the International Space Intercosmos Programme, conducted by Soviet Union. Along with a Soviet commander, he was launched for the Soyuz 33 mission to dock in orbit with the Salyut 6 space station in April 1979, thereby becoming Bulgaria’s first pilot cosmonaut to orbit in space. Despite the mission’s failure due to a technical problem in the main engine, he became very popular in Bulgaria. What’s more, during the 1 day, 23 hours and 1 minute journey spent in space, his spacecraft was able to make 31 full orbits around the Earth. He received various honors and awards given by Bulgaria as well as Soviet Union. He later resumed his military service and then joined politics, where he played a major role in creating the country’s first democratic constitution. Besides, he also started a cargo airline, Air Sofia
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Popular As Georgi Ivanov
Occupation Miscellaneous
Age 82 years old
Zodiac Sign Leo
Born July 02, 1940 (Lovech, Bulgarian)
Birthday July 02
Town/City Lovech, Bulgarian
Nationality Bulgarian

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Georgi Ivanov’s zodiac sign is Leo. According to astrologers, people born under the sign of Leo are natural born leaders. They are dramatic, creative, self-confident, dominant and extremely difficult to resist, able to achieve anything they want to in any area of life they commit to. There is a specific strength to a Leo and their "king of the jungle" status. Leo often has many friends for they are generous and loyal. Self-confident and attractive, this is a Sun sign capable of uniting different groups of people and leading them as one towards a shared cause, and their healthy sense of humor makes collaboration with other people even easier.

🌙 Chinese Zodiac Signs

Georgi Ivanov was born in the Year of the Dragon. A powerful sign, those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Dragon are energetic and warm-hearted, charismatic, lucky at love and egotistic. They’re natural born leaders, good at giving orders and doing what’s necessary to remain on top. Compatible with Monkey and Rat.

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Ivanov was married to Natalya Rousanova; they have one daughter, Ani (born 1967), until 1982 when they divorced. Now he is married to Lidia and they have one son, Ivan (born 1984). His hobbies include skiing, fishing and golf. Ivanov is a Member of the ASE — Association of the Space Explorers. He founded the Future in Space Foundation.


As soon as he entered the Soviet International Space Programme Intercosmos in 1978, he had to change his family name to Ivanov, because his original surname Kakalov occasionally had negative connotations in Russian. After intensive training, Ivanov was selected for the fourth mission under the Intercosmos program.


Ivanov was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union on April 13, 1979 Georgi Ivanov earned a Ph.D. in space engineering. He was elected to the National Assembly and took part in the creation of the new democratic Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria.


Since 1993, Ivanov has been the executive Director of Air Sofia.

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