Russia's two Soyuz-9 Cosmonauts won high awards and praise from Soviet Leaders on Friday (July 3) for their record-breaking 18-day space flight last month.
Russia's two Soyuz-9 Cosmonauts won high awards and praise from Soviet Leaders on Friday (July 3) for their record-breaking 18-day space flight last month. Present at the ceremony was President Nasser of the United Arab Republic.
At a Kremlin reception in their honour, Mission Commander Colonel Andrian Niklolyev was promoted to air force Major-General, and his civilian flight engineer, Vitali Savastyanov, became a Hero of the Soviet Union.
After President Padgorny and Premier Kosygin, President Nasser of the United Arab Republic, who is visiting the Soviet Union, warmly congratulated the two Cosmonauts.
Communist Party leader Leonid Brezhnev said at the reception that the marathon mission had been a great test. It was gratitying to see both cosmonauts looking cheerful and in good health.
President Podgorny then awarded the decorations, beginning with 40 year-old Nikolayev, followed by 35 year-old Sevastyanov.
The two cosmonauts were in earth orbit four days longer than the previous record endurance flight by U.S. astronauts Frank Borman and James Lovell aboard Gemini-7 in 1965.
President Nasser's appearance at the reception follows his Kremlin talks with Soviet leaders on Wednesday (July 1).
U.A.R. Official say he is due to resume Kremlin talks on Monday (July 6) when the results of meetings between Egyptian and Soviet Ministers will be known.