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Yuri Kargopolov from the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center served as the co-chair for the Crew Training and Exchange Working Group. This group developed the requirements for crew functions, programs, schedules, and crew training. Kargopolov joined the Cosmonaut Training Center in 1974.
His career with the space program spans several decades, including the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. In his Oral History, Kargopolov commented on the significance of the two countries working together - in the mid-1970s and in the 1990s:
"I remember how we were watching the ceremonial opening of the hatches between the docked Apollo and Soyuz vehicles and how both commanders shook their hands. That was a very neat thing to witness. It's a great thing now to really understand that that handshake allowed us to be where we are right now, and it's great to see that after so many years we are again working together and doing something so useful."
Prior to his career at the Center, Kargopolov served in the Air Force. He also attended and graduated from Zhukovsky Military Engineering Academy.
Yuri Kargopolov Oral History (PDF)
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