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Salyut 5



Salyut 5 was a Soviet manned spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard a Proton 8K82K rocket. It was the second successful Almaz space station. Structurally similar to Salyut 3, it had a total mass of approximately 18-19 tons. It had two solar panels laterally mounted on the center of the station, and a detachable recovery module, for the return of research data and materials. It was inhabited by two Soyuz crews. The Soyuz 21 cosmonauts worked in the station from July 7 - August 24, 1976. Soyuz 23 attempted to dock on October 15, but was unable to enter the station. The soyuz 24 crew worked in the station from February 8 - 25, 1977. Its research module was ejected on Feburary 26, 1977, and recovered. Salyut 5's orbit decayed, and it re-entered the atmosphere on August 8, 1977, after fuel reserves were depleted and the planned Soyuz 25 mission was no longer possible.

Alternate Names

  • 08911
  • Salyut5

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1976-06-22
Launch Vehicle: Proton Booster Plus Upper Stage
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), U.S.S.R
Mass: 19000 kg

Funding Agency

  • Soviet Academy of Sciences (U.S.S.R)


  • Human Crew

Additional Information

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