• Short Summary

    THE SOVIET UNION'S FOUR LATEST COSMONAUTS ARRIVED IN MOSCOW TODAY TO THE ACCLAIM OF KREMLIN LEADERS AND A TRIUMPHAL WELCOME FROM THOUSANDS OF RUSSIANS AFTER LAST WEEK'S LINK-UP OF TWO SPACECRAFT IN ORBIT.

  • Description

    THE SOVIET UNION'S FOUR LATEST COSMONAUTS ARRIVED IN MOSCOW TODAY TO THE ACCLAIM OF KREMLIN LEADERS AND A TRIUMPHAL WELCOME FROM THOUSANDS OF RUSSIANS AFTER LAST WEEK'S LINK-UP OF TWO SPACECRAFT IN ORBIT. MISSING FROM TODAY'S CEREMONY WAS THE SOVIET PRIME MINISTER, ALEXEI KOSYGIN, WHO IS SAID TO HAVE BEEN ON HOLIDAY SINCE BEFORE THE NEW YEAR.

    THE FOUR COSMONAUTS -- RED AIR FORCE COLONELS VLADIMIR SHATALOV, BORIS VOLYNOV AND YEVGENY KHRUNOV AND CIVILIAN ALEXEI YELISEYEV -- WERE GREETED WITH BEAR-HUGS AND KISSES BY COMMUNIST PARTY SECRETARY LEONID BREZHNEV AND PRESIDENT NIKOLAI PODGORNY WHEN THEY ARRIVED AT MOSCOW'S VNUKOVO AIRPORT. THEY HAD FLOWN THERE FROM THE BAIKONUR COSMODROME IN CENTRAL ASIA WITH AN ESCORT OF JET FIGHTERS.

    THE BRIEF CEREMONY TOOK PLACE IN BRIGHT SUNSHINE, ALTHOUGH IT WAS BITTERLY COLD. AFTER THE COSMONAUTS HEADED A MOTOR WHICH TOOK THEM TO A MASS RALLY AT THE KREMLIN WHERE THEY WERE AWARDED THE ORDER OF LENIN AND MADE HEROES OF THE SOVIET UNION.

    MR. BREZHNEV DESCRIBED THE FLIGHT -- BY SOYUZ 4 AND 5 -- AS A TRIUMPH FOR THE SOCIALIST SYSTEM. HE SAID THE MANOEUVRE BY THE RUSSIANS AND THE MOON ORBIT BY THE UNITED STATES WERE "NEW BIG STRIDES BY MANKIND TOWARDS UNRAVELLING THE MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE".

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA67FINY558IA0RLCXGPD0C6YMD
    Media URN:
    VLVA67FINY558IA0RLCXGPD0C6YMD
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/01/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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