• Short Summary

    THE SOVIET UNION TODAY (SATURDAY) PUT TWO MEN INTO ORBIT IN SPACESHIP SOYUZ 6 AMID GROWING SPECULATION THAT THIS IS THE FIRST STAGE IN A RUSSIAN ATTEMPT TO BUILD AN EARTH-ORBITING SPACE LABORATORY.

  • Description

    THE SOVIET UNION TODAY (SATURDAY) PUT TWO MEN INTO ORBIT IN SPACESHIP SOYUZ 6 AMID GROWING SPECULATION THAT THIS IS THE FIRST STAGE IN A RUSSIAN ATTEMPT TO BUILD AN EARTH-ORBITING SPACE LABORATORY. THIS, THE FIRST MANNED SOVIET SPACECRAFT SINCE JANUARY, IS CREWED BY AIR FORCE LIEUTENANT-COLONEL GEORGY SHONIN AND CIVILIAN ENGINEER VALERY KUBASOV.

    THE BLAST-OFF -- WHICH WAS SEEN BY RUSSIAN TELEVISION AUDIENCES TWO HOURS AFTER THE LAUNCHING -- TOOK PLACE FROM THE CENTRAL ASIAN COSMODROME AT BAIKONUR IN DULL, RAINY WEATHER AT 14.10 MOSCOW TIME (11.10 GMT). VIEWERS WERE TOLD THAT THE COSMONAUTS WERE NOT WEARING CONVENTIONAL SPACESUITS BUT "COMFORTABLE WOOLEN SUITS."
    ALTHOUGH THE COSMONAUTS ARE REPORTED TO BE CARRYING OUT SEVERAL FLIGHT TASKS -- SUCH AS MAKING TESTS FOR IMPROVING THE SOYUZ ROCKET COMPLEX; TESTING THE INTRICATE FLIGHT CONDITIONS; CHECKING THE AUTOMATIC NAVIGATION FACILITIES; AND MAKING SCIENTIFIC OBSERVATIONS -- IT IS THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THEY WILL BE TESTING METHODS OF WELDING METALS IN CONDITIONS OF WEIGHTLESSNESS THAT HAS GIVEN RISE TO THE SPECULATION ON THE BUILDING OF THE SPACE LABORATORY.

    SOYUZ 6 IS NOW REPORTED TO BE ORBITING THE EARTH ONCE EVERY 88.36 MINUTES AT A MAXIMUM DISTANCE OF 139 MILES (223 KILOMETRES) AND A MINIMUM OF 115 MILES (186 KMS).

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAADCBSHKCNVGXFPFVVK9ZO9O9D
    Media URN:
    VLVAADCBSHKCNVGXFPFVVK9ZO9O9D
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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