MOSCOW, January 1. /TASS/. Deputy director of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Biomedical Problems, cosmonaut Boris Morukov suddenly died overnight into January 1, the institute told TASS Thursday.
“Boris Vladimirovich (patronymic) was a distinguished experimentalist in the field of staging and conducting unique model experiments having a huge international significance,” the institute said. It did not specify what caused the scientist’s death.
Morukov led the experiment in 2007-2011 to simulate a manned flight to Mars, entitled Mars-500. In September 2000, he carried out a flight to the International Space Station (ISS) on board the US shuttle Atlantis, and was deputy director of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Biomedical Problems since December 2006.
The scientist was responsible for leading medical, biological, microbiological and radiobiological research on board manned spacecraft, including coordination of scientific work with international partners.