The two Soviet Cosmonauts who established an endurance record by spending one hundred and 40 days in space have been accorded a hero's welcome in Moscow.
GV Vladimir Kovalyonok and Alexander Ivanchenkov walk down aircraft steps
SV Welcoming party (2 shots)
SV Cosmonauts hugging children and others
CU Cosmonaut hugged and kissed by woman and soldiers
SCU Other cosmonaut greeted by soldiers
On Wednesday (15 November), the day after their arrival in Moscow, the two cosmonauts were presented with top soviet Awards by President Brezhnev who hailed the flight as a tremendous victory for Soviet Science and the heroism of the Soviet people.
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Background: The two Soviet Cosmonauts who established an endurance record by spending one hundred and 40 days in space have been accorded a hero's welcome in Moscow.
SYNOPSIS: The cosmonauts are Vladimir Kovalyonok and Alexander Ivanchenkov. They returned to earth from an orbiting Salyut Six space station on November the second and underwent ten days of intensive medical checks at the Soviet space centre at Baikonur in Kazakhstan. On hand to greet them were relatives, colleagues, newsmen and medical experts. Soviet space chiefs described their mission as near perfect. At the time, the space officials were making increasingly confident statements about achieving the goal of a permanently manned space station.
Western experts who regard this year's marathon missions and multiple flights as a break-through in the Soviet space programme say they believe russian scientists have concentrated on helping their cosmonauts to overcome the psychological and medical problems of prolonged flight in space. The experts say that, technically, the soviet Union is already capable of keeping a crew on board all year round. Soviet scientists say the psychological problem is still the biggest problem to be solved. Previous missions have been curtailed because of just such problems.