Aleksandr Misurkin is a Russian Test Cosmonaut and retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Russian Armed Forces. He was born on September 23, 1977 in Yershichi, Smolensk Region, Russia.
He attended Vocational School #1 in Oryol and graduated in 1994 after which he entered Kacha High Air Force Pilot School where he studied until September 1998. Misurkin continued pilot training at the Armavir Military Aviation Institute and graduated in 1999 as a pilot engineer with a gold medal. Following his graduation, he served as a pilot instructor and air flight commander of the 627th Guards Pilot Training Regiment at the Krasnodar Military Aviation Institute. Misurkin logged 1,060 flight hours in the L-39 training aircraft. He is a 1st class pilot-instructor, parachute instructor and military scuba diver.
In 2006, Misurkin was selected as a Cosmonaut Candidate and reported to the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center outside of Moscow. There, he completed two years of basic training and evaluations. Aleksandr Misurkin completed Cosmonaut training on June 2, 2009 with excellent scores. He was qualified as a test cosmonaut by the Interdepartmental Qualification Board (MBKK). Starting in August 2009, he participated in International Space Station training for a long duration mission to the station. From January 2011, Misurkin trained as a backup crew member for the Soyuz TMA-06M mission and ISS Expedition 33/34 and prime crew members of Soyuz TMA-08M and ISS Expeditions 35 & 36.
During his stay aboard ISS, Aleksandr Misurkin will be conducting scientific experiments and maintenance operations on the Russian Segment and support Russian visiting vehicle operations as well as ATV-4 ops. He will participate in three spacewalks to outfit the outside of the Russian segment, one during Expedition 35 and two during Increment 36.
Aleksandr Misurkin is married to Olga Anatolievna Misurkina, they have two children. His hobbies include badminton, basketball, downhill skiing and carting.