Three Russian Cosmonauts were blasted into space today (Friday April 23) for a possible link-up with the unmanned Salyut space station sent into earth orbit on Monday (April 19).
GVs rocket and blastoff (3 shots)
SV Cosmonauts inside capsule talking to ground control
Ground to Air shot. Rocket in flight
SV Cosmonauts in capsule speaking to ground control
Ground to Air shot. Capsule breaks away from rocket
SV Cosmonauts in capsule talking to ground control
Ground to Air shot. Capsule away into space
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Background: Three Russian Cosmonauts were blasted into space today (Friday April 23) for a possible link-up with the unmanned Salyut space station sent into earth orbit on Monday (April 19). In a new era in space exploration, they went up in Soyuz 10 for what Tass, the official Russian news agency, described as a mission to conduct "joint experiments" with Salyut. Other news agencies believe the cosmonauts -- including Shatalov and Yeliseyev, both making their third flight -- will link up with Salyut and possibly even board it. Meanwhile, Russian scientists have said they want to see permanently-orbiting space laboratories staffed by crews replaced every month or so.
SYNOPSIS: Three Russian cosmonauts were blasted into space today in a new field of space exploration -- a possible link-up with an unmanned space station which was put into orbit on Monday. According to news agency reports the manned spacecraft -- Soyuz 10 -- could link up with the Salyut space station, and its three cosmonauts might even board it. Tass, the official Russian news agency, says the crew will carry out "joint experiments" with Salyut.
The three cosmonauts are 43-year-old Colonel Vladimir Shatalov; flight engineer Alexei Yeliseyev, 36 years old -- both on their third space flight; and test engineer Nikolai Rukavishnikov, 38, in space for the first time. Colonel Shatalov, the flight commander, is one of Russia's most experienced cosmonauts -- who took part in the first-ever docking between two space ships in 1969.
As the first stage of the rocket separated from the capsule, Colonel Shatalov reported to ground control that some oil had collected on the portholes. The fuel supply light was not working either, he added, but neither problem was serious.
Last reports indicated Soyuz 10 was orbiting the earth every 89 minutes. Meanwhile, Russian scientists have said they would like to see permanently-orbiting space laboratories staffed by crews replaced every month or so.