INTRODUCTION: Two Soviet cosmonauts are orbiting in the Salyut-6 space station following the successful launch of their Soyuz-T4 spacecraft on Thursday (12 March).
GV Rocket on launchpad with coach arriving carrying Cosmonauts (3 shots)
SV Cosmonauts exit coach
GV Rocket firing and lift-off (2 shots)
SV INT (MONO) Cosmonauts in capsule
GV EXT Socket disappearing in sky
SV INT Cosmonaut in endurance pre flight training
SV Cosmonaut on rotating chair
GV Cosmonaut in space suit climbing into decompression chamber (2 shots)
SV PAN Men at control panel
GV Decompression chamber
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Two Soviet cosmonauts are orbiting in the Salyut-6 space station following the successful launch of their Soyuz-T4 spacecraft on Thursday (12 March). The latest Soviet space launch took place at the cosmodrome at Baikonur and was announced by Tass News Agency and in a television news bulletin.
SYNOPSIS: Tass said that the spacecraft was manned by Colonel Vladimir Kovalyonok, the flight commander, and Mr. Viktor Savinykh, the flight engineer. Colonel Kovalyonok, who is aged 39, is making his third space flight, but it is the first for Mr. Savinykh, who is 41.
The launch is the first Soviet manned space mission for 1981 and follows a 13-day Soyuz T-3 mission in December last year. Salyut Six was originally designed to operate as an orbital space laboratory for 18 months, but it has already supported four major expeditions in just over three years. It has been visited by 13 crews, including six teams that numbered members from allied nations.
Tass said the two cosmonauts had reported no trouble during the launching and that all systems were functioning normally. Earlier, after the cosmonauts had completed their pre-flight endurance training and medical examination doctors reported that both were in good health.
The cosmonauts are expected to perform various checks and tests to ensure that the Salyut Six space station is continuing to operate satisfactorily. They were equipped to perform repairs and maintenance work on the space station should it be necessary, Tass said. In addition, they would be conducting research and experiments. There has been no report on how long the current flight will last, but April 12th marks the 20th anniversary of the first manned space mission by cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.
The Soviet space program is aimed at fully exploiting Salyut Six. Scientists expect the fourth Soyuz mission to add significantly to space research.