The Soviet Union put the Soyuz-4 in the orbit around the earth on January 14th at 10 hours 39 minutes Moscow time.
The Soviet Union put the Soyuz-4 in the orbit around the earth on January 14th at 10 hours 39 minutes Moscow time. The pilot is Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Shatalov.
Its maximum distance from the earth is 225 kilometers, its nearest 173 kilometers. Reliable two-way radio communication is being maintained with the ship.
Colonel Shatalov is feeling fine. The flight systems are functioning normally.
At noon on that same day tekeviewers saw the launch from the cosmodrome.
The white rocket is in place on the launching pad.
The last preparations are under way.
The girders still hold the rocket in place.
The pilot goes up to the lift and gets in.
He is taken up to the top of the rocket. He takes his place in the capsule.
When the countdown starts the power and fuelling supply gantries are removed from the rocket.
Another few seconds, and she's off.
The TV camera aboard the Soyuz-4 shows us the interior of the capsule. The rocket is passing through dense layers of atmosphere. G-strains are building up, but Colonel Shatalov is feeling fine. Reports from Ground Mission Control say the flight is proceeding normally.