Soyuz 24

Soyuz 24 mission is the designation for the flight of a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft to the Soviet space station Salyut 5 ( ALMAZ 3). It was the second (successful ) visit a Soyuz spacecraft in this space station and the 42nd flight of Soviet Sojusprogramm.


Main occupation

  • Viktor Vasilyevich Gorbatko ( second space flight), Commander
  • Yuri Nikolayevich Glaskow ( first space flight ), flight engineer

Gorbatko and Glaskow were previously support crew of Soyuz 21, and Soyuz 23 backup crew of

Backup crew

  • Anatoly Nikolayevich Beresowoi, Commander
  • Mikhail Ivanovich Lisun, Flight Engineer

The support team consisted Vladimir Sergeyevich Koselski and Vladimir Preobrazhensky Jewgenjewitsch.

Mission overview

The mission had initially focus clarify the problems that had led to accelerated termination of the Soyuz 21 mission. Since it was thought that possibly fuel or other toxic gases are in the air we breathe, the new crew rose with protective masks. However, the air was found to be clean and respirable.

To solve the problem was equipment on board, which would have allowed a complete replacement of the atmosphere through the airlock. Although the need had done, the procedure was carried out as an experiment, if arise in future similar problems. Air was released at one end of the station and simultaneously replaced with inventories of Soyuz -24 spaceship. A planned outboard activity accounted for, however.

The team then took the broken from the previous program again. The Salyut 5 was as a station ALMAZ 3 part of the Soviet military space program. Therefore, an important test point was the loading of an unmanned return capsule with movies and other scientific results. The capsule dissolved on 26 February of the Salyut and could be salvaged. A similar experiment was already provided with Salyut 3 ( ALMAZ 2).

The mission ended after for space stations relatively short time of 18 days. However, it was reported that was achieved in the busy and successful time almost as much as in the previous Soyuz 21 mission in 50 days.