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Soyuz 3



Soyuz 3 was launched when Soyuz 2 passed over the Soviet Space Station at 11.34 Moscow time. The spacecraft had a command module (recoverable portion of the ship) and a work compartment separated by an air lock. It was piloted by cosmonaut Lieutenant-Colonel Georgiy Timofeyevich Beregovoy. Soyuz 3 went into a co-orbit with Soyuz 2, performed a radio search for it, and accomplished an automatic approach to it until they were 200 m apart. Repeated manual approaches toward Soyuz 2 were made, reducing the difference in velocity between the two afts to less than 1 mph. However, actual docking was not accomplished. Television coverage of the operations was provided by external cameras. Soyuz 2 landed and Soyuz 3 continued its flight. During the flight, different modes of orientation were tested, regular TV reports were made from orbit, and scientific and technological experiments -- including observing the stellar sky, the earth, and celestial luminaries, photographing the cloud canopy and snow cover for resource studies, detecting typhoons and cyclones, and investigating biomedical phenomena -- were performed. An orbit correction was made during the 36th revolution. Soyuz 3 made a soft landing in a predetermined area of the U.S.S.R.

Alternate Names

  • 03516
  • Soyuz3

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1968-10-26
Launch Vehicle: Modified SS-6 (Sapwood) with 2nd Generation (Longer) Upper Stage
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), U.S.S.R
Mass: 6000 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (U.S.S.R)


  • Human Crew

Additional Information

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