Moscow Radio today (30 June) reported that the crew of the "Salyut" spacecraft are dead.?
SV Bus arrives on launch pad, cosmonauts get out
SV PAN Photographers
SV Cosmonauts ZOOM IN TO CU saluting
SV PAN Gantry
SV PAN Cosmonauts up gantry
GV ZOOM IN TO SV Cosmonauts waving from top of gantry
LV Rocket on pad
LV ZOOM IN TO GV Rocket
SV INT. Spacecraft cabin with cosmonauts
LV Craft into space
Initials SGM/1108 SGM/1130
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Background: Moscow Radio today (30 June) reported that the crew of the "Salyut" spacecraft are dead. The three cosmonauts, Commander Georgi Dobrovolsky, Flight Engineer Vladislav Volkov, and Test Engineer Viktor Patsayev... were found dead in their seats when a recovery crew reached them after an apparently safe landing of the "Soyuz-11" spaceship which had brought them back to earth early this morning.
This official film is a re-issue of our production 6488/71 which was serviced to colour subscribers after the June 6 launching of "Soyuz-11".
The Soviet Cosmonauts became the new record-holders for human endurance in space on June 24, while aboard their orbital laboratory "Salyut". At that time the trio, spending their 19th day in orbit, had bettered the previous record of 17 days, 16 hours, 58 minutes, and 50 seconds in space. They were to complete a further five days in space finishing their scientific programme of space experiments before transferring back to "Soyuz-11" and returning to earth. Soviet news agencies have indicated that the cause of death of the cosmonauts is at this stage still a mystery. They had reported to ground controllers that all systems at the start of the return flight were functioning normally. There is speculation that "Soyuz-11" may have re-entered the earth's atmosphere at too steep an angle, or that there may have been a failure of the life-support systems. These theories remain to be confirmed or denied by the space officials.