Hungarian cosmonaut Bertalan Farkas is the latest person from the Soviet bloc countries to be launched into space aboard a two-man Soviet Soyuz craft as part of the Soviet "Intercosmos" programme.
CU INTERIOR Soviet technician switched on machine
CU Stroboscopic light shining into cosmonaut's eyes
SV & CU Cosmonaut wearing oxygen mask with electrodes attached to skull (2 shots)
CU Cosmonaut testing reactions to lights
CU Another cosmonaut undergoing similar test (2 shots)
GV World map and illuminated screen in control centre
CU Soyuz docking on screen
SV Officials in gallery applauding
CU Four Cosmonauts embracing in capsule and seated facing camera (2 shots)
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Background: Hungarian cosmonaut Bertalan Farkas is the latest person from the Soviet bloc countries to be launched into space aboard a two-man Soviet Soyuz craft as part of the Soviet "Intercosmos" programme. The Hungarian was accompanied by Soviet Mission Commander, Valery Kubasov, to link up with two other Russians in the Salyut-6 manned space station.
SYNOPSIS: After the launching from the Baikonur Cosmodreme in Central Asia on Monday (26 May), the cosmonauts faced a 25-hour journey before the docking with Salyut-6. Salyut has been in orbit since September 1977.
Bertalan Farkas is a fighter pilot and a army captain. He began training as a cosmonaut only two years ago. Valery K?basov, a space engineer and designer, has been a cosmonaut since 1966. He took part in the 1975 Soviet-American Soyuz-Apollo link-up.
Cosmonauts Leonid Popov and Valery Ryumin have been on board Salyut since April the 19th. Farkas and Kubasov will spend seven days with them before returning to Earth. The crew will carry out a series of experiments including the photographing of the earth's surface for scientific purposes. These will include surveys of agriculture and forestry, and surveys of Hungary's water resources.
Soviet psychologists believe that brief visits from earth are a useful way to break up the isolation of long periods spent in orbit. The Salyut-6 laboratory has been extensively overhauled, mostly by Ryumin. Its active life already has been prolonged far beyond what was envisaged originally.
It is thought that for Popov and Ryumin this session on Salyut-6 will be a marathon mission. Ryumin spent 175 days on board last year and agreed to join Popov for this trip when the cosmonaut scheduled to be flight engineer injured his knee.