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ЦитатаNeville Kidger FBIS -- 1953-2009Urban cosmonaut and space historianNeville Kidger, who compiled and wrote Spaceflight's monthly 'Space Station Chronicle', died suddenly in hospital in Leeds, England, on 2 December 2009, aged 56 years. He leaves a wife, Wyn, and two daughters, Ellie-Louise (15) and Katie-Beth (13).A true Yorkshireman, the family lived in Morley, a suburb of Leeds. He grew up as an only child but never knew his dad. He had been married to Wyn for 35 years. Aside from his family, Neville had two passions in life -- space and Leeds United FC. He had been a season ticket holder at Elland Road for over 35 years and also travelled to many away matches, including some overseas.His love for all things connected with space started as a youngster. He went on to regularly correspond with cosmonauts and astronauts in Russia and America, and had met many over the years. He wrote articles for numerous magazines and contributed to many books on space.Neville joined the British Interplanetary Society (BIS) in July 1978 and became a Fellow in 1984. His work and dedication was recognised in 2003 when he was awarded the Sir Patrick Moore medal. Neville started his regular Spaceflight column on space activities aboard the early Soviet and Russian space stations in 1978, continuing with Mir and then, for the past decade, faithfully chronicling the construction and operation of the International Space Station (ISS).His unique, detailed and accurate Space Station reports appeared every month in the pages of Spaceflight for more than 30 years, which must be a record for such a commitment.Many tributes to Neville, whose work is renowned throughout the world, have been received by the BIS in London and posted on space-related websites.Space author, Dave Shayler, first made contact with him in 1979 after complimenting him on the detail of his reports on the Salyut 6 space station.It was a friendship that would blossom over the next 30 years as both became members of the unofficial 'Soviet space sleuthing group' and the Society's Soviet Space Forum.Neville's unselfish commitment did not include any authored books, though he had discussed the possibility of a joint work in the future on 'Space Station Operations' with Dave Shayler, with whom he also worked between 1985 and 1991 on the compilation and production of Zenit magazine. Neville was skillful at interpreting and explaining operational and technical details of the Soviet programme and contributed many hours each month to make Zenit an informative and collectable magazine. His participation in the early BIS Soviet Technical Forums was crucial in securing the popularity of the events over the last 30 years.Like many, Dave Shayler has fond memories of Neville's characteristic Yorkshire enthusiasm when talking about all things space, including a memorable visit to Stansted airport in 1983 to view a brief stopover of the Enterprise Space Shuttle on top of the 747 carrier aircraft.Space journalist Brian Harvey, who worked with Neville on the ISS chapter of the Space Exploration Annual 2007, admired his commitment and persistence in compiling the reliable and well-informed Space Station articles, describing him as a pleasure to work with.Neville always maintained a sense of fun, and typical of this was in January 1987 when he set an unofficial world record for the longest ever continuous space lecture. It lasted 28 hours and raised funds for a localappeal and astronomical society.He was also a good singer and enjoyed entertaining at parties, particularly at his local pub the Gardeners Arms in Morley. Among his favourites was the Robbie Williams' song 'Angels'.Several hundred people packed St Peter's church in Morley for Neville's funeral. Music included 'Angels' and Queen's 'Best Friend', and there was a wreath in the white, blue and yellow colours of his beloved Leeds United. Shaped like a football, it did not escape the attention of many that it also resembled a Sputnik. Donations were made to the Clover Unit at Pinderfields hospital in Leeds where for many years he received treatment for Leukemia.Neville always used to think he had not made a mark or was not popular -- just a kid from the 'Denshaws'. But how wrong he was. This appreciation was compiled by Rex Hall and Clive Simpson with contributions from Wyn Kidger, Dave Shayler, Brian Harvey and Martin Dawson.
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