Soviet cosmonauts Colonel Pave Popovich and Colonel Yuri Artyukhin have been undergoing extensive medical tests and resting at Zvyozdny Gorodok after their 16-days in space carrying out a programme of scientific and medical research on their orbiting space station, Salyut-3.
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Background: Soviet cosmonauts Colonel Pave Popovich and Colonel Yuri Artyukhin have been undergoing extensive medical tests and resting at Zvyozdny Gorodok after their 16-days in space carrying out a programme of scientific and medical research on their orbiting space station, Salyut-3.
Experts in space medicine are busy summing up the results of the flight. Major General Vladimir Shatalov, in charge of training of Soviet cosmonauts, said all the on-board systems had functioned normally and lived up to expectations.
The two cosmonauts successfully docked Soyuz-14 with the 20-ton space labezatory and began conducting experiments.
The successful docking gave considerable boost to plans for the linkup of a Soyuz and Apollo spacecraft next July. A number of Soviet space failures over several years had caused some United States space officials to question whether the Soviet Union would be ready for the joint flight.
The Soviet cosmonauts transferred to Soyuz-14 for what was described as a "pin point" soft landing near the town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.
Colonel Yuri Artyukhin commented: "this is my first flight but not the last one I hope. Those 16 days spent in space were the finest days of my life."
The authoritative magazine: "Aviation Week" claimed on Tuesday (July 29) that the Salyut-3 cosmonauts had also carried out military reconnaissance tasks during their mission. The magazine said that special targets had been laid out near the Tyuratum launch pad for the cosmonauts to photograph as they orbited the earth to give an idea of the reconnaissance potential of the Salyut spacecraft.