Sergei Zalyotin Status: Retired 4/21/1962 – Nationality: Russian Type: Government Agency: Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS) Sergei Viktorovich Zalyotin is a Russian cosmonaut and a veteran of two space missions. Zalyotin was born in Tula and attended the Borisoglebsk Higher Military School before becoming a fighter pilot in the Russian Air Force. He also holds a degree in ecological management. Zalyotin was selected as a cosmonaut candidate in 1990. In 2000, Zalyotin was a member of the final resident crew aboard the Mir space station. He briefly visited the International Space Station aboard Soyuz TMA-1 in 2002.