Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded the Major-General of the US Marine Corps and former head of NASA, Charles Frank Bolden, with the Order of Friendship for his contribution to the development of cooperation between countries in the field of space exploration.
The same order is awarded to the chairman of the Advisory Board of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the International Space Station, Thomas Patten Stafford.
Charles Frank Bolden served in the US Marine Corps, participated in the Vietnam War, was awarded the title of test pilot. In 1981 he became an astronaut. He made four space flights, the latter – as the commander of the shuttle Discovery. The Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev joined the crew.
Then Bolden returned to naval aviation. In 1998, he was awarded the rank of major general. In 2004, he resigned from service. From 2009 to 2017 he continued to work for NASA as a director.
Bolden believes in the idea of intelligent life in space which he cleans will soon be uncovered.
The International Space Station remains one place where Russians and Americans work together.