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Launch of Soyuz-4. Soyuz 4 was launched on 14 January 1969 carrying commander Vladimir Shatalov. Soyuz 5 was launched on 15 January carrying commander Boris Volynov and engineers Aleksei Yelisayev and Yevgeny Khrunov . When the craft docked in orbit, Yelisayev and Khrunov transferred to the Soyuz 4 craft for return to Earth, the first crew transfer made whilst docked. Soyuz 4 made an uneventful landing on 17 January. This is a still frame taken from the film 'Meeting in Orbit'.
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