By noon, Moscow Time, on April 24th, 1971, the "Soyuz-10" spacecraft made 22 revolutions around the Earth, and the orbital station "Salute" - 86 revolutions.
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Background: By noon, Moscow Time, on April 24th, 1971, the "Soyuz-10" spacecraft made 22 revolutions around the Earth, and the orbital station "Salute" - 86 revolutions.
During the flight scientific and technical experiments were been carried out, as well as various operations. Docking was achieved of the piloted spaceship "Soyuz-10" with the "Salute" orbital station. The docking was made first automatically, and then with the use of the manual piloting system. During the process the principles were tested of the spaceship's approaching to and linking with the orbital automatic station, new docking units and a set of radiotechnical equipment were tested. The flight of the Station-Spacecraft System continued for 5 hours 30 minutes.
The last stage of the experiment was telecast from space. You can see not the spacecraft "Soyuz-10" leaving the orbital station "Salute". The telecast is conducted by a TV camera on the outer surface of the "Salute" orbital station. The dark zone of the screen is the Earth; the part of the oval disc to the right is the cloud halo of the Earth; and the horizontal sperks is interference caused by the telemetering instruments aboard the station. Now the "Soyuz-10" leaves the field of vision of the "Salute" TV camera.
After the experiment the "Soyuz-10" and the "Salute" continued their space flight.
On April 25th, 1971, at 2 hours 40 minutes Moscow Time, having completed the programma of scientific and technical experiments with the "Salute" orbital station, the "Soyuz-10" spaceship soft-landed in a pre-determined area of the Soviet Union. The cosmonauts Vladimir Shatalov, Alexei Yeliseyev and Nikolai Rukavishnikov are feeling fine.
The flight of the Soviet spacecraft "Soyuz-10" has been successfully completed.