A 33-year-old Vietnamese fighter pilot was launched into space on Wednesday (23 July) by a Soviet rocket.
SV Soviet mission commander Colonel Viktor Gorbatki, and Vietnamese Lieutenant Colonel Pham Tuan emerging from bus and walking towards camera in space suits ZOOM TO CU Pham Tuan
SV Vietnamese officials looking on
SV Two astronauts waving to crowd and officials
GV Rocket on launch pad being given lift off. Rocket leaves ground. (27 feet) Rocket takes off
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Background: A 33-year-old Vietnamese fighter pilot was launched into space on Wednesday (23 July) by a Soviet rocket. The launch made him the first cosmonaut from a third world country.
SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant-Colonel Pham Tuan and his a Soviet mission commander, Colonel Viktor Gorbatko were launched into space from the Baikonur Space Centre in Central Asia aboard the Soyuz-37 craft. On Thursday (24 July) they docked with the orbiting space station Salyut-6. The Soviet news agency Tass reports that both cosmonauts now have transferred to the space station.
Pham Tuan joined the Soviet Union's top airforce academy in 1977 and began training for space last year.
The Soyuz-37 mission is the latest in the Intercosmos programme which already has sent five East Europeans into space. Tass says the two cosmonauts will work for a week with the crew already aboard Salyut-6 taking photographs and making observations of the earth's surface.