Capital Vladmir Remek, the first Czechoslovakian Cosmonaut, and his Soviet Mission Commander Alexei Gubarve, touched down on earth on Tuesday (10 March) after a week in space aboard Salyut-6.
Capital Vladmir Remek, the first Czechoslovakian Cosmonaut, and his Soviet Mission Commander Alexei Gubarve, touched down on earth on Tuesday (10 March) after a week in space aboard Salyut-6. Soviet space chiefs, later announced the success of the Soyuz-28 Mission had paved the way for further joint international space programmes.
SYNOPSIS: The cosmonaut's departure from the manned Soviet space station, Salyut-6, after a week aboard, was traditionally Russian. Their hosts, Yuri Romanenko and Georgy Grechko, who have been in space aboard the orbiting space station for a record 90 days, remain on board to resume their experiments. The two Salyut crewmen broke the United States record for the longest space flight, only hours after welcoming Captain Remek and Colonel Gubarav aboard last Saturday (4 March). The Slut-6 flight commander in Russia later said that Romanenko and Grechko would soon follow the Soyuz-28 crew back to earth.
Soviet officials said the undocking brought no problems, and described the mission as highly successful. While on board Sayut-6, the two cosmonauts had made experiments into space-weightlessness, and prospective food sources. They touched down precisely on target 310 kilometres (190 metres) west of Tselinograd, in Soviet Central Asia.
Vladamir Remek, a Czech Air Force captain, and Colonel Gubarev were both reported healthy after the descent. They thanked their Salyut comrades, Soviet Mission Control and all personnel in the programme. Soviet Space authorities said the success of the mission had given them confidence to make further joint flights with other Eastern european countries.