a Soviet mission that
included the planned linking of two spacecraft
and exchange of crewmen
On October 13, 1969, Vladimir
Shatalov and Aleksei Yeliseyev were launched into
orbit aboard Soyuz 8. The mission plan
was for their craft to rendezvous and dock with Soyuz
7, which had been launched with three
cosmonauts aboard the previous day, while Soyuz
6 and its two-man crew maneuvered nearby and
took motion pictures. The plan also called for at
least one cosmonaut from both Soyuz 7
and 8 to "trade places" while
docked. A failure of electronics in all three
spacecraft prevented the docking, however, and
the Soyuz 8 mission ended when the craft
returned to Earth on October 18.
Spaceship Commander V. A.
Shatalov and Flight Engineer A. S. Yeliseyev wave
from the bridge before donning their suits and
climbing aboard Soyuz 8.