Soyuz docking mission, news reports, 1969

Soyuz docking mission, news reports, 1969

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Caption: Front-page Western news reports on the Soviet Soyuz docking mission of January 1969, the first time two manned spacecraft had docked. The two spacecraft, Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5, docked on 16th January 1969. Two of the crew members on Soyuz 5 (Aleksei Yeliseyev and Yevgeny Khrunov) transferred by space walking to Soyuz 4 and landed with its commander, Vladimir Shatalov. Soyuz 5 was landed separately by its commander, Boris Volynov. Shatalov is at lower centre, while Yeliseyev, Volynov and Khrunov are at centre (left to right). An artwork of the spacecraft is at centre left, with a photograph at top.

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