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50 years later: Remembering the mission, sacrifice of the Soyuz 11 crew

50 years later: Remembering the mission, sacrifice of the Soyuz 11 crew

Source: NASA Spaceflight
Date Published: 06/30/2021

On the morning of June 30, 1971, near sunrise on the steppes of Kazakhstan, recovery crews prepared to receive the crew of Soyuz 11, which had completed a successful 24-day mission to the world’s first space station: Salyut 1. The Soviet leadership and public were eager to welcome cosmonauts Georgi Dobrovolski, Vladislav Volkov, and Viktor Patsayev home after they broke the world spaceflight endurance record of 18 days, set a year earlier by their countrymen aboard Soyuz 9.

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