WARSAW, Poland – Poland’s only cosmonaut, General Miroslaw Hermaszewski, who circled the Earth in a Soviet spacecraft in 1978, has died. He was 81 years old.
The death of the retired Air Force pilot on Monday was announced via Twitter by his son-in-law, MEP Ryszard Czarnecki. He then told Polish media that Hermaszewski died in a Warsaw hospital following surgery he underwent in the morning.
“On behalf of the family, I confirm the very sad news of the death of General Miroslaw Hermaszewski,” Czarnecki tweeted, calling him a “great pilot, good husband and father, and beloved grandfather.”
Hermaszewski became a national hero thanks to his trip to space. For nine days in June and July 1978, Hermaszewski and Soviet cosmonaut Pyotr Klimuk circled the Earth in the Soyuz 30 spacecraft which docked with the Salyut 6 orbital space station. They circled 126 times. world Tour.