SOYUZ SPACE MISSION - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: LT. GENERAL VLADIMIR SHATALOV, VALERI N. KUBASOV, LT. GENERAL GEORGI S. SHONIN, MAJOR GENERAL ANATOLIY V. FILIPCHENKO, ALEKSEI YELISEYEV, MAJOR GENERAL VIKTOR V. GORBATKO, VLADISLAV VOLKOV - HFSID 309977
7x9½ black and white photograph with an inscription from cosmonaut Vladislav Volkov, who perished in the Soyuz 11 mission, shown below the seven cosmonauts who all flew in Earth orbit at the same time in 1969.
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SOYUZ SPACE MISSION 7x9½ black and white photograph with an inscription from cosmonaut Vladislav Volkov, who perished in the Soyuz 11 mission, shown below the seven cosmonauts who all flew in Earth orbit at the same time in 1969. Photograph signed: "Gorbatko", "Shonin", "A Filipchenko", "V Kubasov", "V Volkov", "V Shatalov", "A Yeliseyev", B/w 7x9½. Inscribed by Vladislav Volkov. Inscription unknown. VLADISLAV VOLKOV (1935-1971) was a Soviet cosmonaut who flew on two missions: Soyuz 7 and Soyuz 11. Volkov graduated from the Moscow Aviation Institute in 1959, designing space crafts for the Soviet Union before being chosen as a cosmonaut. His first space mission was in 1969 with Soyuz 7, a successful mission. Two years later, he was aboard Soyuz 11, which at first also seemed successful. However, upon re-entry and landing, the Soyuz 11 capsule was opened and Volkov and two other crew members were dead inside. A valve had opened during travel and the capsule's atmosphere vented away, causing the three crew members to suffer hypoxia. ANATOLIY FILIPCHENKO (born in 1928) spent over 11 days in space aboard two Soviet space flights: Soyuz 7 (1969) and Soyuz 16 (1974). In 1985, Filipchenko took part in a dangerous mission to revive the dead Salyut 7 space station. The crew made a five-hour spacewalk to restore solar panels and repair power systems to the station, and Salyut 7 became functional once again after their daring repairs. VIKTOR GORBATKO (b. 1934) was a research cosmonaut aboard Soyuz 7 (1969) and Commander of Soyuz 24 (1977) and Soyuz 37 (1980). He has received multiple awards for his work on Russian space programs, and after retiring, went on to teach at the Air Force Engineering Academy in Moscow, Russia. VALERI KUBASOV (1935-2014) was flight engineer on Soyuz 6 (1969) and Soyuz 19 (1975) and commander of Soyuz 36 (1980), working on the Salyut 6 Space Station, returning to Earth on Soyuz 35. VLADMIR SHATALOV (b. 1927) made history aboard Soyuz 4 (January 14-17, 1969), when he docked with Soyuz 5 (January 15-18, 1969) in the first link-up of two manned space vehicles. Shatalov was also aboard Soyuz 8 (launched October 13, 1969) as part of the triple launch of a space lab construction team, and Soyuz 10 (launched April 22, 1971) in the first successful docking with a space station. GEORGI SHONIN (1935-1997) was the commander of Soyuz 6 (1969), his only space mission. The main objective of Soyuz 6, whose crew also included cosmonaut Valeri Kubasov, was to perform experiments with space welding. There were no EVA's on this flight as there were no pressure suits aboard. Soyuz 6 was in orbit at the same time as the Soyuz 7 and Soyuz 8 spacecraft, but a planned rendezvous of the three capsules had to be aborted. ALEKSEI YELISEYEV (b. 1934) is a Soviet cosmonaut, flying on three Soyuz missions: Soyuz 5, Soyuz 8, and Soyuz 10. He received multiple awards for his work with the space programs, and after retirement, went on to teach at the Bauman Higher Technical School. Light ink smearing on inscription. Pencil markings on verso. Lightly soiled on verso. Fine condition.
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