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3/20/73: “Soviet cosmonauts Aleksei S. Yeliseyev, left, and Vladimir A. Shatalov, right, get together with U.S. astronaut Thomas Stafford to look over a model of the linked up Apollo-Soyuz spacecrafts. The two cosmonauts are with a group of Soviet scientists and engineers that is at the Johnson Space Center in Houston to work out the details of the joint space mission which is scheduled for 1975. The two are candidates for the Soviet crew that is to be named soon. They met Stafford, who will team with Donald Slayton and Vance Brand on U.S. crew, Sunday.”
(The Soviet crewmen eventually chosen for the ASTP mission were Alexei Leonov and Valeri Kubasov.)

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3/20/73: “Soviet cosmonauts Aleksei S. Yeliseyev, left, and Vladimir A. Shatalov, right, get together with U.S. astronaut Thomas Stafford to look over a model of the linked up Apollo-Soyuz spacecrafts. The two cosmonauts are with a group of Soviet scientists and engineers that is at the Johnson Space Center in Houston to work out the details of the joint space mission which is scheduled for 1975. The two are candidates for the Soviet crew that is to be named soon. They met Stafford, who will team with Donald Slayton and Vance Brand on U.S. crew, Sunday.”

(The Soviet crewmen eventually chosen for the ASTP mission were Alexei Leonov and Valeri Kubasov.)

The crew of Soyuz 10 (Nikolai Rukavishnikov, Vladimir Shatalov and Alexei Yeliseyev), visiting Lenin’s office. This was a pre-flight tradition during the Soviet years. (1971)
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The crew of Soyuz 10 (Nikolai Rukavishnikov, Vladimir Shatalov and Alexei Yeliseyev), visiting Lenin’s office. This was a pre-flight tradition during the Soviet years. (1971)

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Crew and backup crew of Soyuz 36.

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Interesting, the Russian backup crew member for this mission was Vladimir Dzhanibekov, but Alexei Yeliseyev is part of the photos. He would have been deputy general designer at this time.

Another photo from the same session as this one. Vladimir Komarov helped Yevgeni Khrunov on the left and Yuri Gagarin assists Alexei Yeliseyev on the right. I’ve found out that this is from training of the planned Soyuz 1 and 2 missions. Soyuz 1 would dock to Soyuz 2 with Khrunov and Yeliseyev transferring from 2 to 1. However the flight of Soyuz 2 was cancelled when Soyuz 1 went so badly. Gagarin was Komarov’s backup. Khrunov and Yeliseyev eventually made a transfer in 1969 on the Soyuz 4 and 5 mission.
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Another photo from the same session as this one. Vladimir Komarov helped Yevgeni Khrunov on the left and Yuri Gagarin assists Alexei Yeliseyev on the right. I’ve found out that this is from training of the planned Soyuz 1 and 2 missions. Soyuz 1 would dock to Soyuz 2 with Khrunov and Yeliseyev transferring from 2 to 1. However the flight of Soyuz 2 was cancelled when Soyuz 1 went so badly. Gagarin was Komarov’s backup. Khrunov and Yeliseyev eventually made a transfer in 1969 on the Soyuz 4 and 5 mission.

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Happy 78th birthday to Alexei Yeliseyev today! He flew three missions: Soyuz 5 (1969), Soyuz 8 (1969) and Soyuz 10 (1971). After his flights he worked as director of manned spaceflight, rector for Bauman Higher Technical School and IBM. I’m currently reading his autobiography Life - A Drop in the Sea, but slowly as it’s in Russian.
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Happy 78th birthday to Alexei Yeliseyev today! He flew three missions: Soyuz 5 (1969), Soyuz 8 (1969) and Soyuz 10 (1971). After his flights he worked as director of manned spaceflight, rector for Bauman Higher Technical School and IBM. I’m currently reading his autobiography Life - A Drop in the Sea, but slowly as it’s in Russian.

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Четверо в космосе (Four in Space) (1969)

This video is in Russian, but still interesting to watch if you don’t understand it. This mission had the first crew transfer: Alexei Yeliseyev and Yevgeni Khrunov transferred from Soyuz 5 (Boris Volynov, commander) to Soyuz 4 (Vladimir Shatalov, commander). Some highlights:

  • lack of a pressurized launch suits (these were not worn until after the Soyuz 11 tragedy) = 1:40 & 4:18
  • the joys of eating food from a tube = 8:40
  • Yeliseyev almost knocking Khrunov out = 12:40
  • Volynov kissing Yeliseyev goodbye before putting on his helmet = 13:40
  • Khrunov squirting food on the wall = 16:22
Cosmonauts by the Kremlin. Front row, l to r: Alexei Yeliseyev, Georgi Beregovoy, Valentina Tereshkova, Vladimir Shatalov, Vladislav Volkov, Boris Yegorov, Georgi Shonin. Back row: Gherman Titov, Valery Bykovsky, Pavel Belyayev, Pavel Popovich, Konstantin Feoktistov, Alexei Leonov, head of the Training Centre Nikolai Kamanin, Viktor Gorbatko, Valery Kubasov, Andriyan Nikolayev, Yevgeni Khrunov, Anatoli Filipchenko (1969)


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Cosmonauts by the Kremlin. Front row, l to r: Alexei Yeliseyev, Georgi Beregovoy, Valentina Tereshkova, Vladimir Shatalov, Vladislav Volkov, Boris Yegorov, Georgi Shonin. Back row: Gherman Titov, Valery Bykovsky, Pavel Belyayev, Pavel Popovich, Konstantin Feoktistov, Alexei Leonov, head of the Training Centre Nikolai Kamanin, Viktor Gorbatko, Valery Kubasov, Andriyan Nikolayev, Yevgeni Khrunov, Anatoli Filipchenko (1969)

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Homeland, your mission is accomplished!

Top: Vladislav Volkov, Viktor Gorbatko, Valery Kubasov, Georgi Shonin; Bottom: Anatoli Filipchenko, Alexei Yeliseyev, Vladimir Shatalov

hyungjk:

Homeland, your mission is accomplished!

Top: Vladislav Volkov, Viktor Gorbatko, Valery Kubasov, Georgi Shonin; Bottom: Anatoli Filipchenko, Alexei Yeliseyev, Vladimir Shatalov

A stamp celebrating the first crew transfer in space. Alexei Yeliseyev and Yevgeni Khrunov went from Soyuz 5 to Soyuz 4. Vladimir Shatalov commanded Soyuz 4, and Boris Volynov, Soyuz 5. (1969)

A stamp celebrating the first crew transfer in space. Alexei Yeliseyev and Yevgeni Khrunov went from Soyuz 5 to Soyuz 4. Vladimir Shatalov commanded Soyuz 4, and Boris Volynov, Soyuz 5. (1969)

The NASA blogs that I’ve been following have been posting pics of astronauts helping others with their suits. Photos of cosmonauts doing the more mundane parts of their job are few and far between, especially in the early years. I thought I’d never find one similar. But I found this! Here’s Vladimir Komarov and Yuri Gagarin helping Yevgeni Khrunov (left) and Alexei Yeliseyev (right) with their spacesuits.

The NASA blogs that I’ve been following have been posting pics of astronauts helping others with their suits. Photos of cosmonauts doing the more mundane parts of their job are few and far between, especially in the early years. I thought I’d never find one similar. But I found this! Here’s Vladimir Komarov and Yuri Gagarin helping Yevgeni Khrunov (left) and Alexei Yeliseyev (right) with their spacesuits.

The mission patch for Soyuz 8. Crew consisted of Vladimir Shatalov and Alexei Yeliseyev (1969)

The mission patch for Soyuz 8. Crew consisted of Vladimir Shatalov and Alexei Yeliseyev (1969)

A series of stamps of Soyuz crews 6, 7 and 8. From left: Soyuz 6 (Georgi Shonin, Valery Kubasov), Soyuz 7 (Anatoli Filipchenko, Vladislav Volkov, Viktor Gorbatko) and Soyuz 8 (Vladimir Shatalov, Alexei Yeliseyev) (1969)

A series of stamps of Soyuz crews 6, 7 and 8. From left: Soyuz 6 (Georgi Shonin, Valery Kubasov), Soyuz 7 (Anatoli Filipchenko, Vladislav Volkov, Viktor Gorbatko) and Soyuz 8 (Vladimir Shatalov, Alexei Yeliseyev) (1969)

The crews of Soyuz 4 and 5: Alexei Yeliseyev, Yevgeni Khrunov, Vladimir Shatalov and Boris Volynov (1969)
This was the first time that 2 spacecraft docked in space and the first ever crew transfer of Khrunov and Yeliseyev via a spacewalk. 

The crews of Soyuz 4 and 5: Alexei Yeliseyev, Yevgeni Khrunov, Vladimir Shatalov and Boris Volynov (1969)

This was the first time that 2 spacecraft docked in space and the first ever crew transfer of Khrunov and Yeliseyev via a spacewalk. 

The crew of Soyuz 5: Yevgeni Khrunov, Boris Volynov and Alexei Yeliseyev (1969)

The crew of Soyuz 5: Yevgeni Khrunov, Boris Volynov and Alexei Yeliseyev (1969)

The crews of Soyuz 6, 7 and 8. This was a joint mission with all 3 Soyuz, with 1 filming the docking of the other 2, but the docking mechanism failed. Sitting: Valery Kubasov, Georgi Shonin, Vladimir Shatalov and Alexei Yeliseyev. Standing in the back: Viktor Gorbatko, Anatoli Filipchenko and Vladislav Volkov. (1969)

The crews of Soyuz 6, 7 and 8. This was a joint mission with all 3 Soyuz, with 1 filming the docking of the other 2, but the docking mechanism failed. Sitting: Valery Kubasov, Georgi Shonin, Vladimir Shatalov and Alexei Yeliseyev. Standing in the back: Viktor Gorbatko, Anatoli Filipchenko and Vladislav Volkov. (1969)


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