The Soviet Union's two Salyut-6 Spacemen returned to earth on Thursday (16 March) after the longest manned space mission every made.
GV: Space capsule suspended from parachute lands in snow in northern Kazakhstan.
SV & CU: Reception team inspect capsule on ground.
CU: Cosmonauts surrounded by welcoming committee on return to Moscow.
GV: Cosmonauts being welcomed.
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Background: The Soviet Union's two Salyut-6 Spacemen returned to earth on Thursday (16 March) after the longest manned space mission every made.
SYNOPSIS: Having spent 96 days in space, the two cosmonauts, Yuri Romanenko and Georgy Grechko, and left their Salyut-6 space laboratory and boarded their Soyuz-27 module for the return to earth. Soviet Space chiefs described their departure from the space laboratory, and their re-entry through the Earth's atmosphere, as a highly successful operation.
The descent took three and a quarter hours, and they touched down right on target near the town of Tselinograd, in the northern Kazakhstan region of Soviet Central Asia. Their spell of more that 96 days in space had broken the previous American record by more that two weeks.
On their return to the Baikonur Cosmodrome -- from where they had blasted off -- the cosmonauts were given a spirited welcome. Tass news agency said their first assignment was an intensive medical check-up to see how they fared after their record space flight.