Two Soviet cosmonauts spent first full day back on earth on Monday (20 August) after a record on hundred and seventy five days in space.
AV: Capsule descends under parachute.
SV: Parachute on ground PAN doctors and officials run to capsule.
SV: Cosmonauts being lifted from capsule.
SV: Cosmonauts presented with flowers and given cups of tea.
SV: Cosmonaut sniffs flowers.
SV: Cosmonauts being interviewed.
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Background: Two Soviet cosmonauts spent first full day back on earth on Monday (20 August) after a record on hundred and seventy five days in space. The two men landed on a plain in Soviet Central Asia on Sunday (19 August) but after nearly six months of weightlessness the sudden force of gravity made it hard for them to walk and talk.
SYNOPSIS: The Soyuz-34 capsule carrying Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Lyakh???y and Engineer Valery Ryumin descended under a giant red and white parachute onto a plain in Soviet Central Asia.
Doctors and engineers rushed to get the cosmonauts out. After nearly six months of weightlessness they had to be lifted onto special reclining chairs where they breathed fresh air for the first time since February the 25th.
The cosmonauts were presented with bouquets of flowers but later at the Baikonur Cosmodrome doctors took away a large bunch of gladioli saying it was too heavy for them to hold.
The 1750day mission was more than a month longer than the two previous long expeditions which have been aboard the Salyut Six station and it is seen by the Soviet as a major step towards a permanently manned space laboratory. During their time in space the men were entirely alone, planned visits by other cosmonauts were called off because of technical problems. But they did have one earthly comfort...for the first time they were able to receive television programmes.
Lyakhov and Ryumin will spend several days at the Cosmodrome readjusting to gravity before flying to a heroes welcome in Moscow.