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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Soyuz 4 and 5 docking January 16 1969 - Soyuz 5 rough landing coming up

A bit late in posting this bit but something to think about when you
consider your desire to be an astronaut, cosmonaut, or other

Thanks Mark. He is referring to Soyuz 5 re-entry experience, January 17 1969.
- LRK -


slashdot reminds that today is the anniversary of Soyuz 4 and 5, and a
rather nasty re-entry for one hardy cosmonaut.

Reading this, and reflecting on US Airways new Hudson River runway,
"happy landings" has special meaning.


And this link gives more information on how it is supposed to go.
- LRK -

If your interest has been aroused then take a look at a more sober
account from Encyclopedia Astronautica.
- LRK -

What went wrong: Service module failed to separate resulting in
nose-first re-entry.

Want to go to the Moon?
Make sure your vehicle is road(space) tested.

NASA a Step Closer to First Flight Test of Next Crew Launch Vehicle -
RELEASE : 09-014

HAMPTON, Va. -- NASA is a step closer to the first flight test of the
rocket that will send humans on their way to the moon as part of the
agency's Constellation Program. Rocket hardware critical for the test,
known as Ares I-X, was completed this week at NASA's Langley Research
Center in Hampton, Va. The flight of Ares I-X will be an important
step toward verifying analysis tools and techniques needed to develop
Ares I, NASA's next crew launch vehicle.

Thanks for looking up with me.

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The flight of Soyuz-4 and Soyuz-5

* Launch of Soyuz-4 on 14 January 1969
* Launch of Soyuz-5 on 15 January 1969
* Rendezvous and docking on 16 January 1969
* Radio tracking of the mission by the Kettering Group
o World-wide coverage
o Biomedical subcommutation
o Voice on shortwaves
o Telemetry during the final orbit of Soyuz-5
* The mission ends - dramatically for Soyuz-5
* References and notes

Posted by kdawson on Saturday January 17, @05:33PM

dj writes in with a reminder that forty years ago, on January 16,
1969, the two Russian spacecraft Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 carried out the
first docking between two manned spacecraft and transfer of crew
between the craft. Wired's piece gives a gripping account of "one of
the roughest re-entries in the history of space flight": "Soyuz 5's
service module failed to detach at retrofire, causing the vehicle to
assume an aerodynamic position that left the heat shield pointed the
wrong way as it re-entered the atmosphere. The only thing standing
between Volynov and a fiery death was the command module's thin hatch
cover. The interior of Volynov's capsule filled with noxious fumes as
the gaskets sealing the hatch started to burn, and it got very hot in
there (which, a short time later was something he probably missed).
... But wait. There's more."


Science : Discoveries RSS
Jan. 16, 1969: A Rendezvous, and a Rough Ride Home
By Tony Long Email 01.16.09
A Soviet technician prepares an early Soyuz spacecraft for flight.
Photo: Today in Science History

1969: Two Soviet spacecraft rendezvous in orbit and transfer
cosmonauts, marking the first time spacefarers go up in one craft and
return to Earth in another.

Soyuz 4 lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome on Jan. 14 with Commander
Vladimir Shatalov flying solo. Soyuz 5 followed a day later, carrying
three cosmonauts: Boris Volynov, Aleksei Yaliseyev and Eugeni Khrunov.

The mission, with the docking and transfer as its centerpiece, was
undertaken as part of the experimental run-up to a Soviet lunar
mission, which never came off, and as a dress rehearsal for the
establishment of a permanent space station, which did. Soyuz 4 was the
active vehicle in the docking maneuver, which went off without a

After conducting various scientific experiments, running tests of both
vehicles' on-board systems, and evaluating the docking procedure,
Yaliseyev and Khrunov donned their space suits, bid Comrade Pilot
Volynov a hearty farewell and joined Shatalov in Soyuz 4. They would
be very glad they did.




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