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    The Soviet cosmodrome Baykanur...

    On the morning of January 15th the steel structure firmly held the?

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    Background: The Soviet cosmodrome Baykanur...

    On the morning of January 15th the steel structure firmly held the rocket which was to carry the space ship Soyuz-5 into space...

    The extreme cold reduced visibility on the launching pad, but of course neither the cold, nor the mist could prevent the launching of the immense metal cigar consisting of the rocket and the space craft.

    The bus brought to the pad the crew of the space craft: the commander Lieutenant Colonel Boris Volynov, flight-engineer Alexei Yeliseyev, Master of Technical sciences and research engineer Lieutenant Colonel Yevgeniy Khrunov.

    They reported to the Chairman of the State Commission...

    Lieutenant Colonel Volynov reports that the astronauts are ready for the flight.

    All those who prepared the flight and journalists sad the cosmonauts to their space ship...

    Boris Volynov, Alexei Yeliseyev, Yevgeniy Khrunov enter the lift.

    It takes them to the top of the rocket, where their space cabin is situated.

    The last farewell before the start of the Soyuz-5.

    The steel structures servicing the rocket move aside.

    Five-minute readiness is announced.

    Inside the space ship, the astronauts are in light space suits with earphones on their heads.

    They feel fine.

    The rocket is ready for the launching.

    10 hours 14 minutes Moscow time.

    Soyuz-5 has successfully gone into orbit.

    On board the space-ship. The cosmonauts got through well. The most difficult part of the flight when stresses occur.

    Pressure and temperature in the cabin are normal.

    The flight of the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz-5 continues.

    The astronauts are fulfilling their program.

    Millions of Soviet televiewers watched the start and the flight of the Soyuz-5.

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