September 15, 1976 – Soyuz 22 (Russia) launches

Soyuz 22 was an earth-sciences mission using a modified Soyuz capsule that had served as a backup for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project mission the previous year.

Cosmonauts Valery Bykovsky and Vladimir Aksyonov spent a week in orbit photographing the surface of the Earth with a specially-built camera. It was hoped that these observations would assist in identifying resources and assisting in economic planning.

Source: Wikipedia


~ by tellinghistory on September 15, 2008.

2 Responses to “September 15, 1976 – Soyuz 22 (Russia) launches”

  1. I’m using the Soyuz 22 as a prop in my current art project for ‘barriers’. I really love how it looks in this photo and I just wanna thank you for keeping it up for me to find 🙂

  2. The image depict re-entry vehicle from Zenith/Foton spacecraft but not from Soyuz.

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