On April 20, the Soviet Union launched a three-man spacecraft scheduled to dock with the orbiting space station Salyut-7.
1. GV Soyuz T-8 on launching pad 0.02
2. GV Cosmonaut Vladimir Titov, Gennady Treklov, Alexander Serebov walking to microphone and speaking to reporters before boarding bus 0.57
3. GV Bus drives cosmonauts to spaceship 1.04
4. GV Spaceship on launch pad 1.09
5. GVs Soyuz T-8 taking off (3 shots) 1.48
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On April 20, the Soviet Union launched a three-man spacecraft scheduled to dock with the orbiting space station Salyut-7. According to the Soviet news agency TASS, the Soyuz T-8 spacecraft was operating normally and the three crewmen felt well. Commander Lieutenant-Colonel Vladimir Titov, on his first mission, and his fellow cosmonauts Gennady Strekalov and researcher Alexander Serebov, will be carrying out scientific, medical and biological experiments aboard the space station. On March 10, an unmanned module, Cosmos 1443, docked and automatically with Salyut-7, doubling its size according to United States intelligence experts, who felt it could be the first stage of a large space station. Soyuz T-8 research expert Alexander Serebrov told TASS newsmen that one of the cosmonauts' first tasks after docking would be to unload the Cosmos module, which he described as a large freight spacecraft. The last cosmonauts to use the Salyut station before the module was added were Anatoly Berezovoy and Valentin Lebedev, who established a record of 211 days in space.