Tuesday 19 April 2016

Astrognome Scrapbook Salyut 1

Salyut 1
The first space station the Russian Salyut 1 was launched on April 19th 1971.  On April 22nd the first mission to the space station saw the crew of the Soyuz 10  unable to enter the space station and then safely returned to Earth.

On June 7th 1971 the next mission Soyuz 11 safely docked and the crew remained on board for 23 days. Sadly on their return flight the Soyuz 11 space craft had a depressurization problem and the crew of three were killed.

No further missions were undertaken to Salyut 1 and it was decided to finish the mission on October 11th 1971 after 175 days in orbit the Salyut 1 re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere and burned up over the  Pacific Ocean.

Salute means fireworks.

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