Two Soviet cosmonauts were blasted into space from the Baikonur launch centre on Monday (1 June) abroad their Soyuz-9 spacecraft.
Two Soviet cosmonauts were blasted into space from the Baikonur launch centre on Monday (1 June) abroad their Soyuz-9 spacecraft. Veteran cosmonaut Colonel Andrian Nikolayev, the spacecraft commander, and flight engineer Vitali Sevastyanov were launched into an earth orbit. According to the spacecraft commander, the launching went successfully.
The announced aim of the mission is extensive scientific research in conditions of "solitary orbital flight", including medical study of orbital effects on the human body. on Tuesday (2 June), their second day in orbit, the cosmonauts carried medical tests on themselves and photographed the earth's surface.
There reportedly is every sign now that there are no plans to send up another spacecraft to join Soyuz-9 in orbit. The two cosmonauts are reportedly well able to carry out the tasks required of them on their own.
They are making a survey of how manned spacecraft could be used for geological surveys, and the possible discovery of new mineral reserves.
The cosmonauts are studying snowfields, with a view to future prediction of spring river and flood levels.