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Soyuz 10

Soyuz 10
Mission Statistics
Mission Name:Soyuz 10
Call Sign:Гранит (Granit - "Granite")
Number of Crew Members:3
Launch:April 23, 1971
23:54 UTC
Baikonur LC1
Landing:April 25, 1971
23:40 UTC
Duration:1 day, 23 hours, 46 minutes
Number of Orbits:32

Soyuz 10 was the first planned visit to the world's first space station, Salyut 1, which had been successfully placed in orbit on April 19 1971. Although Soyuz 10 brought its crew of cosmonauts Vladimir Shatalov, Aleksei Yeliseyev, and Nikolai Rukavishnikov to the station, they could not dock successfully with it. While the Soyuz physically locked onto the station, the connection was not secure enough to allow the hatches to be opened to allow the cosmonauts inside. Additionally, it appeared that the hatch inside the Soyuz was jammed. This led to a further complication when the mission was abandoned, as the Soyuz had difficulty detatching from the station. When this was successfully accomplished, one last hitch presented itself. Upon re-entry, the capsule became filled with toxic fumes, causing Rukavishnikov to pass out. Fortunately, all three crew members recovered from this ordeal unscathed.


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