INTRODUCTION: Four cosmonauts have started a week of experiments in earth orbit aboard the Soviet Union's Salyut-6 space station on Monday (23 March).
GV Technician in control room monitoring link-up.
SCREEN SHOT OF Link-up. (2 SHOTS)
SV Officials rise and applaud.
CU INTERIOR Spaceship, cosmonaut through hatch, carrying flags, embraces cosmonaut is space station.
CU Other cosmonaut entering space station, group shake hands and celebrate.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Four cosmonauts have started a week of experiments in earth orbit aboard the Soviet Union's Salyut-6 space station on Monday (23 March). Flight Commander Vladimir Dzhanibekov and his Mongolian colleague Jugderdemidiyn Gurragcha, who blasted off from the Baikonur Space Centre on Sunday (22 March) docked their Soyuz-39 craft and met Vladimir Kovalyonok and Viktor Savinykh who had already been in orbit for ten days.
SYNOPSIS: Docking a Soyuz space craft to the orbiting Salyut station is by now a well tried manoeuvre. But the technicians at the mission control centre still hold their breath at the crucial piece of space flying Dzhanibekov and Jugderdemidiyn have to perform.
Out in space, Dzhanibekov and Jugderdemidiyn crawled through the hatch connecting their craft to the space station. They were welcomed aboard with bread and salt, the traditional Russian symbols of greeting. Their colleagues Kovalyonok and Savinykh have already spent more than a week on Salyut-6. The Soviet News Agency Tass said the four men would co-operate in biological, technological and medical experiments. One of their tasks includes photographing Mongolia in search of natural resources. If the flight programme missions, Dzhanibekov and Gurragcha should return to earth after seven days.
Colonel Dzhanibekov a 38-year-old former airforce instructor from Soviet Uzbekistan, flew a similar mission in January 1978. Then he spent five days aboard Salyut after he linked his Soyuz-27 craft to the 19-tonne space station. Captain Gurragcha is a 33-year-old shepherd's son. He was invited to the mission under the Moscow-sponsored Intercosmos programme which has already involved cosmonauts from five East European countries, Vietnam and Cuba. Gurragcha is the first Mongolian in space.