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Sure, NASA’s great. But does it have Jügderdemidiin?

Post by News Tribune Staff on Sep. 17, 2008 at 9:21 am with No Comments »
September 17, 2008 9:21 am

Sure, cities around the state are hosting American heroes today. But only one, Port Orchard, can boast the honor of hosting the only Mongolian in space.


Jügderdemidiin Gürragchaa — or, for my legions of Mongolian speakers, ——“�—�—�–�–�—�–�—�—�—�—�—�—� —�“�–�–�—�—�–�—�—� — will be at Orchard Heights Elementary School this evening. According to his Wikipedia page, Gürragchaa is an aerospace engineer, a major general in the Mongolian Air Force and the defense minister from 2000-04. He was selected through the Intercosmos program and spent almost eight days in orbit in 1978. In 1981, he received the Hero of the Soviet Union award.


And Wikipedia (sorry for not having better sources, but my Russian is rusty) also has this interesting bit of trivia:


After Mongolia removed the Communist-era ban on clan names in 1997, and unable to identify his original clan heritage, Gürragchaa chose the clan name Sansar – Mongolian for “cosmos.”


Neat.

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