Soyuz-U | Soyuz T-4

Soviet Space Program launch of a Soyuz U Rocket

Soviet Space Program was scheduled to launch a Soyuz U rocket as part of the Soyuz T-4 mission. The launch window for the Human Exploration mission was on Thu, Mar 12th, 1981, 2:00 PM EST from 1/5, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch!

Mission

Soyuz T-4

Soyuz T-4 was the 14th mission to visit the Salyut 6 space station and carried the EO-6 expedition, which was the final long-duration crew for the station. The mission began on March 12, 1981, 19:00:11 UTC, launching Commander Vladimir Kovalyonok and Flight Engineer Viktor Savinykh into orbit. They docked with the station the next day. During their 74-day stay on the station, EO-6 crew conducted various experiments, and were visited by Soyuz 39 and Soyuz 40 crews. The mission concluded with a safe landing back on Earth on May 26, 1981, 12:37:34 UTC.

Location

1/5, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Rocket

Soyuz U

Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS)

The Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities, commonly known as Roscosmos, is the governmental body responsible for the space science program of the Russian Federation and general aerospace research. Soyuz has many launch locations the Russian sites are Baikonur, Plesetsk and Vostochny however Ariane also purchases the vehicle and launches it from French Guiana.

Crew

Vladimir Kovalyonok

Vladimir Kovalyonok

Commander - Russian

Vladimir Vasiliyevich Kovalyonok (Belarusian: Уладзі́мір Васі́льевіч Кавалёнак; Russian: Влади́мир Васи́льевич Ковалёнок; born March 3, 1942 in Beloye, Minsk Oblast, Belorussian SSR, is a retired Soviet cosmonaut. He entered the Soviet space programme on July 5, 1967 and was commander of three missions. He retired from the cosmonaut team on June 23, 1984.

Viktor Savinykh

Viktor Savinykh

Flight Engineer - Russian

Viktor Petrovich Savinykh was born in Berezkiny, Kirov Oblast, Russian SFSR on March 7, 1940. Married with one child. Selected as a cosmonaut on December 1, 1978. Retired on February 9, 1989. Flew as Flight Engineer on Soyuz T-4, Soyuz T-13 and Soyuz TM-5. Has spent 252 days 17 hours 38 minutes in space.

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