• Short Summary

    In orbit around the Earth, the East German cosmonaut, Air Force Colonel Sigmund Jaehn and his three Soviet colleagues began on Monday (28 August) a programme of experiments which include space exercises, filming parts of the Earth's surface and star formation, and a study of the effects of space flight on bacteria.

  • Description

    In orbit around the Earth, the East German cosmonaut, Air Force Colonel Sigmund Jaehn and his three Soviet colleagues began on Monday (28 August) a programme of experiments which include space exercises, filming parts of the Earth's surface and star formation, and a study of the effects of space flight on bacteria. Colonel Jaehn and Russian Mission Commander Valery Bykovsky, veteran of two previous space flights had docked their Soyuz-31 space craft with the orbiting space station the day before.

    SYNOPSIS: The space craft had been launched 28 hours earlier from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Central Asia. As the Soyuz neared its rendezvous with the space station, mission control reported the flight was proceeding normally. On board the orbiting station are two Soviet spacemen, Vladimir Kovalyonok and Alexander Ivanchenkov who have been in space for ten weeks, and appear to be heading for a new orbiting endurance record.

    Two hours after the two craft docked smoothly, the new arrivals opened the hatches and crawled into the main body of the Salyut station to join their colleagues. It is the latest in a series of link-ups which have taken the East Europeans into space for the first time. Jaehn, who had undergone two years of training near Moscow, is expected to stay on board for about a week.

    He received a warm welcome from Kovalyonok and Ivanchenkov. Then he produced a copies of Soviet newspaper and letters, and presents for all his colleagues, including East German precision watches and a miniature book in Russian about his country.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAI9ZH7AESXJ4HN18OQ1UP5GEB
    Media URN:
    VLVAAI9ZH7AESXJ4HN18OQ1UP5GEB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/08/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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