Soyuz 32

Soyuz 32 mission is the designation for the flight of a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft to the Soviet space station Salyut 6 It was the seventh visit of a Soyuz spacecraft in this space station and the 52nd flight in the Soviet Sojusprogramm. After Soyuz 31 an unmanned Soyuz - T spacecraft under the code name Kosmos was launched in 1074.


Start crew

  • Vladimir Afanassjevitch Liakhov ( first space flight), Commander
  • Valeri Viktorovich Rjumin ( 2.Flug ), Flight Engineer

Liakhov and Rjumin were previously together support crew of Soyuz 26, and Soyuz 29 backup crew

Backup crew

  • Leonid Ivanovich Popov, commander
  • Valentin Lebedev Vitalyevich, Flight Engineer

The support team consisted of Vyacheslav Sudow and Boris Andreyev

Return crew

The return capsule landed empty.

Mission overview

Liakhov and Rjumin represented the third crew of Salyut 6 ( Salyut 6 EO -3). In their presence, three supply ships, Progress 5, 6 and 7, received and discharged. On August 15 the cosmonauts left the station to work outside for an hour and 23 minutes.

During the stay of the visit of the Intercosmos crew of Soyuz 33 was planned. The coupling could not be performed due to problems with the main engine of Soyuz 33. To ensure that the replacement of the Soyuz 32 Soyuz 33 against a return module for the core team was no longer possible. The life of the Soyuz spacecraft was limited at this time to 90 days and ended on May 26. Therefore, the spacecraft Soyuz 34 was sent unmanned station on June 6. After successful pairing, the old Soyuz 32 was separated and landed on June 13, without occupation. Liakhov and Rjumin landed with Soyuz 34 successfully.