The Soviet Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Soviet Academy of Sciences held a press-conference at Moscow University on the flight of Soyuz-4 and Soyuz-5.
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Background: The Soviet Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Soviet Academy of Sciences held a press-conference at Moscow University on the flight of Soyuz-4 and Soyuz-5.
As usual, the press-conference was opened by the President of the Soviet Academy of Sciences, Mstislav Keldish.
Dr. Keldish said the Soviet Union is carrying out a wide and varied program of peaceful space research. He described the latest Soviet space probe as a great achievement of Soviet science, engineering and industry.
Details about the flight were given by the 4 astronauts Vladimir Shatalov, Boris Volinov, Yevgeny Khrunov and Alexie Yeliseyev.
The Soyuz-4 and Soyuz-5 are the largest craft used for manned space flights so far. In both ships the astronauts were allotted 9 cubics meters. The atmosphere and pressure inside the craft correspond to those on earth.
The latest experiment is very important for assembling heavy orbital stations in space, for external examination of the spacecraft and for carrying out various repair work outside the ship.
The astronauts answered reporters' questions about the flight, about their condition during the flight and about future plans for space exploration.